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The death toll from last weekend's storm has risen to 21 in Tennessee. State residents are cleaning up from massive flooding. Anderson will be reporting from hard-hit Nashville tonight, where at least 9 people were killed and two men are still missing.
"This is something that is going to be a personal tragedy for an awful lot of people," Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said at a news conference late this afternoon. Dean expects damage to top $1 billion dollars in Nashville alone.
"A lot of people who didn't have flood insurance, because they never thought flood waters would ever come anywhere near their home, are really looking at a total loss of their home," Gov. Phil Bredesen told CNN this morning. "It's very tough on a lot of people right now."
Nashville's historic and cultural landmarks also took a hit. The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland Resort were all damaged in the flooding.
But there is good news. The Music Hall of Fame is expected to reopen this weekend. Other businesses are already open.
The water is falling. Nashville is rising.
Almost everywhere you look people are rebuilding. Strangers are helping strangers. We'll bring you the stories of the flood tonight – the hope and the heartache. We felt this story shouldn't be ignored. People are in need. We'll let you know how you can help.
For tonight's "Big 360° Interview" Anderson talked with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The husband and wife country superstars show what has happened to their city and share why they are so proud of the people of Nashville. Anderson will also talk with country music star Brad Paisley and others.
We're also tracking the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard crews report oil hit Louisiana's barrier islands today. That's the first confirmation of landfall. Meantime, workers are prepared to lower a massive containment vessel over the underwater well leaking 210,000 galloons of oil a day into the Gulf. The goal is that container will collect the leaking oil, which will then be sucked up to a ship on the surface. Getting the vessel in place could take several days and it's unclear if it will work, since it's never been done at this depth of about 5,000 feet.
The Gulf crisis got us wondering about how the people impacting by the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster are doing all these years later. Two decades ago, the Exxon Valdez tanker leaked 11 million gallons of crude and left 1,500 miles of Alaska coastline blackened. Birds, sea life and the people of the area were devastated. CNN's Dan Simon has an update tonight from and shows us what life is like now along Prince William Sound.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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