Opry Reopens

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 8:13am

After devastating floods in Nashville, The Grand Ole Opry reopens.

The waters of the Cumberland are calm right now.

But just below the surface, painful memories still linger.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, "We had 10 people die in Nashville... we had over 2-billion-dollars in damage to private property... we had about 10-thousand properties damaged."

One of those belonged to Klare Beach.

"You walk away and you don't know how much you're going to lose or how much is gonna be underwater - that was very difficult moment," said Beach.

She's still sorting through some of the damage.

But after almost four months, she'll be back home tonight…for the first time since the flood.

On the same day, ironically, another Nashville "family" is finally coming home.

It's opening night at the Grand Ol' Opry.

GM Gaylord Entertainment Pete Fischer said, "The Grand Ol' Opry in many ways is the sound track to many American families."

A song that hit perhaps its saddest note ever as water filled this "sacred" hall.

Home to the legends and hallowed ground to country's current stars..

Country Singer Brad Paisley said, "The lights up there have a film of mud on them, and this entire stage had water on it. It’s heartbreaking to think about this."

Heartbreak quickly gave way to hard work.

Country Singer Trace Adkins said, "There was never a question but that this place would arise and rebuild and come back stronger than ever."

There are new dressing rooms now along with a new stage and seats.

But as the spotlight warms for tonight's big show, the spirit that built this hall and has carried it for 85 years, remains the same.

"It just is such a testament to the backbone of this community," said Adkins…a community of survivors.
 

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