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The keys of a water-damaged piano are seen on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. The Opry House was heavily damaged from flooding in May 2010. (PHOTO: AP/Mark Humphrey)

The record-breaking rains that struck the Tennessee Valley region in May of 2010 were predicted to have caused over a billion dollars in damages, but in a service assessment just released by the National Weather Service those estimates have increased significantly. According to findings in the report, the property damage estimates for the Greater Nashville area alone exceed $2 billion. 

Western and Middle Tennessee were hit the hardest, with 18 to 20 inches in rainfall just outside of Nashville. It was that heavy rain that caused flash flooding, as well as unprecedented flooding along the Cumberland River. Residents of the affected areas lost their homes and belongings, and 26 people lost their lives.

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