The Grand Ole Opry Files Lawsuit Regarding 2010 Flood Damage
The company that owns the Grand Ole Opry has filed a lawsuit against Army Corps of Engineers, citing negligence in water level control as a core contributing factor behind the 2010 flood that damaged the historic country music venue, the neighboring Gaylord Opryland Hotel and countless homes in the greater Nashville area.
According to reports, Attorney Robert Patterson, a spokesperson for the Grand Ole Opry, told a Nashville judge that Army Corps of Engineers officials failed to lower the water level of the Cumberland River behind the Old Hickory Dam. Patterson claims this oversight caused immense damage following the fall of more than a foot of rain over a two-day period in mid-2010.
Attorneys for the Department of Justice are requesting that the court dismiss the lawsuit, citing the federal law that prevents the government from being held liable for flood damage.
The Grand Ole Opry bounced back rather quickly following the flood, holding its first performance in the newly-remodeled home just five months after the May 2010 natural disaster. A handful of country music’s elite, including Opry member Brad Paisley, were in attendance for the homecoming celebration.
“This place did not feel sorry for itself,” Paisley shared during the star-studded program (quote via WKRN). “This city, I mean, did not for a second sit around and boo hoo. It was ready to go to work.”
The Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 87th birthday last October, with Jason Aldean, Ricky Scruggs and Casey James offering special performances during the festive birthday bash. The iconic music venue continues to be beacon for the history of country music, despite its pending legal concerns.