Julie Roberts Recalls the Chaos — and Blessing — of Nashville Flood
Julie Roberts remembers peering down the staircase of her Nashville home and watching water fill the living room during the May floods.
Julie, her family and four dogs were trapped until a boat pulled up to the front door to rescue them, Julie recalled on August 26 during the 'Road to Recovery' segment of 'Good Morning America.' After watching her family's cars literally float down the street, Julie had to jump into the boat from a second story window, spraining her foot in the process.
"When we realized we couldn't get out we walked up the stairs," the singer said as she pointed to the water damage on the staircase walls. "It was scary. We could look down and see the chaos down here, see the lights flashing on and off."
But despite her terrifying memories, Julie insists she was one of the more fortunate residents, as more than 30 people died and thousands lost their homes entirely. And although the singer didn't have flood insurance -- she had been advised not to carry it because her home was considered to be in a non-flood zone -- there have been many positives.
"So many people I had never met before in my life [were here] just cleaning out debris and cleaning out things that could maybe be saved," she said. "It was a true blessing."
The segment also featured the Chapman family, who were also without insurance, but are slowly rebuilding their home after months of displacement.
Viewers were also treated to Julie singing part of her song 'Somebody Does,' which she wrote after the flood, and a shot of Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens helping to reinstall the circle in the center of the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House. The circle is from the former home of the Opry at the Ryman Auditorium and is considered almost sacred because of all of the legendary performers who have stood on it. It was submerged under 46 inches of water during the May flood but was saved and refurbished.
The Grand Ole Opry House will reopen for Opry performances on September 28.