Nashville Underwater - Incredible Video and Photos of Three Days of Flooding

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It's day three of the flooding in Nashville after a storm hit on Sunday, and the Cumberland River swelled to overflowing on Monday. The city saw record-shattering rainfall in two days this weekend, and massive flooding since Monday. Even the iconic Opry House wasn't spared, though The Grand Ole Oprey was still held in city's War Memorial Auditorium. The waters are finally receding, and residents are taking stock of the damage. Here are some amazing images showing the flooding, and the size of the effort that will be needed to repair damage. When Water Starts Pouring Down

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Residents of Nashville saw flooding after more than 13 inches of rain pummeled the area over the weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Vannozzi told reporters, "We didn't just barely beat the [rainfall] record and we didn't beat it by a decent amount. We absolutely crushed the record for two-day rainfall in Nashville," he said. "I don't want to seem too dramatic here, but this is off-the-charts record stuff."

It's terrifying to see water just pouring in your window like this, and nothing at all you can do about it.

News Crews Working Double Time

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News crews are covering the efforts, and Nashville Public Radio has done an incredible job despite also experiencing troubles from the flooding at their studio.

Crews and Rescue Workers Doing Their All

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Crews started searching for bodies as soon as the flooding began to recede. Many people made it out before the flooding hit too hard, but hundreds had to be evacuated by boat and canoe from their homes, saying that they weren't sure which was safer, staying in their flooding homes or navigating down a street-turned-muddy-river.

What Happens To All That Stuff?

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Nothing is spared from flood, including all the goods inside retail stores. We'll have to wait to find out how much revenue was lost for retail stores, and equally as important, what will become of all the stuff - what is destined for landfill, what can be recycled, and what can be salvaged?

Sanitation and Health Always Major Concerns After Floods

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Health and safety after flooding is a big issue, especially as people begin to return home. Tips are being doled out on how to deal with brackish flood waters, but sanitation is a big problem.

Recovery Begins, and You Can Help

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According to The National Weather Service office in Nashville, the water level in the city has fallen about three feet from its crest of 12 feet above flood stage on Sunday night. Recovery is starting, and you can help flood victims by donating to the Red Cross. You can send a check to: Nashville Area Red Cross at 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

Or you can rapidly send a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Animals need help too - many were abandoned during evacuation. Metro Animal Services is in need of supplies for rescued pets. And we have yet to hear about how the flood is impacting native species of flora and fauna. Though apparently fishing is good for giant carp in the floodwaters:

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