The Grand Ole Opry House stage was underwater on Monday, May 3, 2010, when Opry President Steve Buchanan began searching for and finding a place to hold the Tuesday night show (War Memorial Auditorium) and the shows slotted for Friday and Saturday (the Ryman Auditorium). Despite damage at the Opry House that included a ruined stage, pews, curtains, floor and the walls, the music never stopped as the "Opry" continued to venue-hop during the summer. After undergoing $20 million in renovations — the entire first floor had to be rebuilt — the Opry House reopened in October 2010. But it wasn't the only music venue temporarily silenced by the flood. All told, 24 feet of water entered the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the week that followed the storm. The damage included two Steinway grand pianos, valued at more than $100,000 each. But like the "Opry," the music played on, with a free show days after the flood on the public square. Restoring the Schermerhorn, built in 2006, cost nearly $40 million and took seven months.
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