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Photos: Tennessee starts cleanup after severe floods

May 6, 2010 3:25 p.m. EST
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After severe flooding hammered Tennessee, Nashville has begun to clean up as floodwaters recede.

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A pump dumps water back into the Cumberland River to aid recovery efforts Wednesday, May 5, in Nashville. Floodwaters have begun to recede nearly a week after record-setting rain swelled rivers to historic levels and sent a torrent of water rushing through the Tennessee city.

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Nashville residents paddle down a flooded street on Sunday, May 2, after heavy rains. Nashville’s Davidson County is among 10 Tennessee counties that President Obama has declared to be disaster areas.

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The Cumberland River overflows its banks Tuesday, May 4, in Nashville. With waters receding, the river stood about 2 feet above flood stage early Thursday, May 6. At one point, it was 13 feet above flood stage.

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Kara Nicks surveys the damage Tuesday in the flooded living room of her west Nashville home. "It's very tough on a lot of people right now," Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said.

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The devastating floodwaters left their impact on Nashville businesses. Mayor Karl Dean estimates flood damage to the Music City to top $1 billion.

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Pumps drain water away from flooded areas such as near the Country Music Hall of Fame. The music landmark is expected to reopen by week’s end.

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Businesses clean up Wednesday on Nashville’s First Avenue in the aftermath of severe flooding. Nashville city government reports back to work Thursday, May 6, and bus service also resumes, the mayor said.

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Damaged items from flooded homes line a Nashville street Wednesday as residents wait for trash pickup. The city has told residents to put off washing dishes and to limit toilet flushing after a main water treatment plant was flooded.

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