Nashville Floods Claim Grand Ole Opry House

05/05/2010 at 12:55 PM EDT

Nashville Floods Claim Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry flooded
Courtesy Aimee Mayo

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

The devastating floods in Nashville have inundated the Grand Ole Opry House, the most famous country-music venue in the world, and damaged cherished equipment of country artists across Music City.

Songwriter Aimee Mayo posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday, sent to her by country star Kellie Pickler, showing the flooded main hall of the Opry, which sits five miles northeast of the entertainment district. Many instruments, costumes, audio tapes and other historic paraphernalia are feared lost or damaged at the site. However, Opry performances have been moved to other Nashville venues.

Other facilities are also swamped, including Soundcheck, a rehearsal space on the Cumberland River where Keith Urban and many other artists keep their gear. "I've probably lost all of my road equipment, and all my guitars, and amp and everything," Urban tells CNN.


Other musicians posted updates on the flooding of their community to Twitter:



• Chuck Wicks posted a photo and wrote: "2 of my bandmates cars are in this parking lot..or river..whichever.  U can see the tops of their trucks. Sucks."

Michelle Branch: "Just realized what was left of my indie album Broken Bracelet (6k) is all submerged under water along with my vintage pink sparkle Wurlitzer."

Brad Paisley: "I think all my road guitar gear, amps, effects, are under 3 ft of river."

While the Grand Ole Opry has moved this week's shows to other venues, the Country Music Hall of Fame is closed due to basement flooding – though its collections reportedly have not been damaged.

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