Coast Guard Closes Cumberland River to Recreational Boaters

USCG — The Cumberland River at mile marker 313.6 to mile marker 0 will be closed to all recreational boaters as a result of high water.

The Cumberland River is expected to crest approximately 13-feet over flood level and remain high into Wednesday. All waterfront facilities along the Cumberland River are unable to operate due to dock areas being covered with several feet of water. River traffic has halted due to drift, high water and lock closures. Fleet boats are maintaining fleeting areas, and there are currently no barges adrift.

Coast Guard personnel are participating in river industry conference calls and working directly with industry representatives to share information, assess risk and plan recovery operations. Rescue teams continue to use jet skis, boats, canoes and other means to rescue those who are trapped in their residence as a result of the flooding.

The Grand Ole Opry House, located in Tennessee’s capital of Nashville, has suffered from the river’s flooding. As of Monday, May 3rd at 10 p.m. local time, the historical music house was flooded with several feet of water. Shows have been cancelled indefinitely.

The Nashville Gaylord Opryland Hotel, located near the river, has also been flooded with over 10 feet of water.

In the state of Tennessee, Interstate 24 runs from Clarksville to Chattanooga by way of Nashville. The video below shows the devastation of the Tennessee flood.

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