By Clive Young.
New York (May 5, 2010)—Flood waters still linger throughout much of the Nashville area as the city and its pro audio community now begin to clean up in the wake of this past weekend’s flooding.
Gibson USA’s guitar facility on Massman Drive was still closed as of Tuesday afternoon, though it’s known that water did get into the facility. General manager Gary Fader told The Tennesseean, “There will be supply disruption for some amount of time.”
Most obviously hit are many of the city’s musical landmarks, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. While the Hall of Fame is expected to be closed for some time, reports have it that the facility’s priceless country music collections and instruments were not affected by flooding. Still, three days of closure has already cost the popular tourist attraction $75,000.
As reported yesterday, the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall has undergone considerable flooding, but rising waters stopped just eight inches short of flooding the main concert hall. Nonetheless, two grand pianos and a multi-million dollar pipe organ console have been destroyed.
The Grand Ole Opryhouse has not been as lucky. All but the last four rows of seats in the hall are reportedly underwater, as well as the stage and its famed center 9-foot circle of boards, transported there in 1974 from the Ryman Auditorium, where the radio show had been held for decades. Ironically, the show will return to the famed older facility this weekend for shows as it plans to maintain its usual schedule.
For more information, see yesterday's article, Flood Hits Nashville Pro Audio Community.