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The rain-swollen Cumberland River began to subside Tuesday, but not before the death toll from widespread storms and flooding rose to at least 29 in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi as emergency crews slogged through receding waters in search of bodies.

Meanwhile, two bodies were discovered behind Kroger which is just behind my son’s home. 
Worst hit was Nashville, where such iconic Music City landmarks as The Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame were inundated by murky brown floodwaters. The Opry will return to the downtown Ryman Theatre for the etime being. Power was out through much of the historic downtown area, and one of the city’s two water treatment plants was badly flooded and knocked out of service.

Eighteen people died in Tennessee from flooded homes or cars — 10 of them in Nashville, according to Tisha Calabrese-Benton of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in Nashville.

Another victim was killed in Tennessee by a tornado spawned by storms that dumped 13 of rain inches on Nashville in two days over the weekend.

Authorities feared that receding waters from the Cumberland, which crested overnight at almost 52 feet — 12 feet above flood stage — would reveal more victims.

“Those in houses that have been flooded and some of those more remote areas, do we suspect we will find more people? Probably so,” Nashville Fire Chief Kim Lawson said. “We certainly hope that it’s not a large number.”

Officials with the Nashville Electric Service said electricity might not be fully restored until as late as Friday because the flooding has complicated repair efforts.

The city’s only functioning water treatment plant came within a foot of being flooded, emergency officials said. Residents of Davidson County, which includes Nashville, and neighboring Williamson County were ordered to cut their water consumption in half in order to avoid overtaxing the system.

An Opry member since 1992, country musician Marty Stuart said he was told by Opry House officials that water was chest deep. “They’ve just been through it in a canoe — I think that tells you all you need to know,” Stuart said.

The Cumberland River, whose many tributaries also spilled over their banks, crested at 51.86 feet late Monday night, the highest level since 1937, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service.

The river was projected to drop below 50 feet by Tuesday evening but was not expected to subside below the 40-foot flood state until midmorning Thursday.

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Worst hit was Nashville, where such iconic Music City landmarks as The Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame were inundated by murky brown floodwaters.

Power was out through much of the historic downtown area, and one of the city’s two water treatment plants was badly flooded and knocked out of service.

Eighteen people died in Tennessee from flooded homes or cars — 10 of them in Nashville, according to Tisha Calabrese-Benton of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in Nashville.

Another victim was killed in Tennessee by a tornado spawned by storms that dumped 13 of rain inches on Nashville in two days over the weekend.

Authorities feared that receding waters from the Cumberland, which crested overnight at almost 52 feet — 12 feet above flood stage — would reveal more victims.

“Those in houses that have been flooded and some of those more remote areas, do we suspect we will find more people? Probably so,” Nashville Fire Chief Kim Lawson said. “We certainly hope that it’s not a large number.”

Officials with the Nashville Electric Service said electricity might not be fully restored until as late as Friday because the flooding has complicated repair efforts.

The city’s only functioning water treatment plant came within a foot of being flooded, emergency officials said. Residents of Davidson County, which includes Nashville, and neighboring Williamson County were ordered to cut their water consumption in half in order to avoid overtaxing the system.

An Opry member since 1992, country musician Marty Stuart said he was told by Opry House officials that water was chest deep. “They’ve just been through it in a canoe — I think that tells you all you need to know,” Stuart said.

The Cumberland River, whose many tributaries also spilled over their banks, crested at 51.86 feet late Monday night, the highest level since 1937, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service.

The river was projected to drop below 50 feet by Tuesday evening but was not expected to subside below the 40-foot flood state until midmorning Thursday.

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