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by Kaylee Hultgren | May 05, 2010

Following massive flooding in Nashville this past weekend, approximately 1,500 guests and employees were evacuated Sunday from the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, and the hotel has been closed until further notice. A statement from Gaylord Hotels & Resorts, issued Monday, said, "Gaylord Opryland Resort, which sits adjacent to the Cumberland River and is protected by levees approved by FEMA and [was] built to sustain the 100-year flood standard, suffered flood damage in the early hours of Monday, May 3, as the river rose to levels that have not been seen in the last 50 years and breached the levees...It is reasonable to conclude that the hotel will likely be closed for several months." The company is in the process of determining whether to relocate or reschedule conventions that are booked for the near future.