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T.W. Hale helps his friends vacuum water out of the Pilcher Building in downtown Nashville, where the Cumberland River continued to rise. Water was climbing through the riverfront tourist district. (John Partipilo, AP / May 4, 2010)
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen saw treetops poking through floodwaters as he viewed the damage during a helicopter tour Monday. "I've never seen flooding like this," he said.
At least two people died in Kentucky and one in Tennessee after their vehicles were swept from flooded highways, and long-haul truckers were trapped along Interstate 40 in Tennessee. More than 300 roads were reported flooded in Kentucky alone.
Nashville had its more severe flooding in 35 years, leaving part of the city's historic downtown deserted after residents and Music City tourists were evacuated. At least 6 feet of water from the overflowing Cumberland River coursed through the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing 1,500 guests to flee to a high school.