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Opry Mills Retailers Return To See Damaged Mall

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Opry Mills mall has more than 200 stores and restaurants, and each and every one of them was damaged by the flood. 

Every square foot of the mall was submerged in flood water, up to nine feet of it in some parts of Opry Mills. The mall sits on the banks of the Cumberland River. 

On Tuesday, workers carried out merchandise that was not damaged by the flood waters. Each individual business is responsible for cleaning up its own store. 

Once that happens, the recovery and rebuilding process inside the mall will move into high gear. There's still no estimate when Opry Mills will reopen, but it's safe to say it will be months.  

In the meantime, the employees who usually work inside one of Nashville's best tourist destinations have really come together to help each other get through this disaster. 

Some 1,500 workers are on site at Opry Mills working to clear the flood damage out of all the stores. The mall opened ten years ago in 2000. 

The fish that were housed inside the mall's Aquarium Restaurant are fine and marine biologists will take care of them during the rebuilding process.

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