On the first Saturday in May 2010, the rain began to fall. It kept on falling through Sunday, and when it finally stopped, Nashville was hit by a thousand-year flood. The Cumberland River rose to 51.86 feet, a level not seen since 1937.
This photo shows two WSM reporters working from a boat to cover the flood of 1937. That year, after a month of steady rain, sleet and snow, the Cumberland, Tennessee and Mississippi rivers overflowed their banks in Tennessee and 11 other states. The water took weeks to subside, and as a result of the disaster, Kentucky Dam and Lake were built as flood control measures.
photo credit: Vanderbilt University Special Collections