Historic Opry Symbol Survives Nashville Flood

05/07/2010 at 06:00 PM EDT

Historic Opry Symbol Survives Nashville Flood
The Grand Ole Opry flooded
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The historic circle of wood from the Grand Ole Opry stage that links country music to its heritage has survived the Nashville flood.

"We've taken it up and are taking it out for some TLC so it will be fine," Steve Buchanan, president of the Grand Ole Opry group tells PEOPLE. "We have it sequestered for special attention and then it will be back in place."

The six-foot circle of oak cut from the Opry’s former home in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium has supported Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and just about every major country star to date. "We were elated," Buchanan says of discovering it was safe.

Repairs to the Opry House, which after last weekend's flood, have already begun. It will be months before the doors will reopen, but in the meantime, the show is continuing in different venues around town.



"The show does goes on and we are going to fix up our house and move back in," Buchanan says.

Brad Paisley is expected to play Friday night and Alan Jackson is lined up for Saturday night.
Historic Opry Symbol Survives Nashville Flood| Brad Paisley

The Grand Ole Opry

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To help the victims of the Tennessee flood, donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can text the word "RED CROSS" to 90999 on your cell phone to make a $10 donation.

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