Claims professionals from around the country will soon congregate in Nashville, Tenn. for the annual PLRB/LIRB conference, but Music City looks—and arguably feels—much different than it did less than a year ago. Last May, torrential rains battered the Greater Nashville area, as well as other parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Devastated by the resultant flash flooding, the waterlogged city more so resembled a Katrina-ravished New Orleans than a bustling Mecca for talented artists representing a wide swath of musical genres.

That’s because more than 13 inches of rain caused the Cumberland River to rise 52 feet and spill over its banks into Nashville. Middle Tennessee sustained the brunt of the storm’s wrath. In its January 2011 assessment, the National Weather Service reported that flood waters claimed 24 lives and that property damages in the Nashville area alone had swelled to $2 billion.

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