JACKSON — In order to avoid a repeat of the 2010 flooding that left much of the Grand Ole Opry underwater, the infamous mecca of country music has partnered with a Jackson company to install modular flood protection.
Teton County's EKO Flood Systems USA LLC worked with various contractors in Tennessee to get the job done at the historic Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. The Wyoming-based company used a combination of permanent support pillars and portable flood walls made of high-strength aluminum and steel to shield against the next flood.
As of yet, the company claims its walls have not caved under flooding pressure in tests or real-world applications.
"Severe flooding is occurring at a more frequent rate in more areas across our country," said Heinz Munz, the European founder of the Wyoming company. "And if you agree with the 'climate change' experts, the wet cycle will not only continue but become worse in many areas around the globe."
The owner of the Grand Ole Opry sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service for negligence, asking for $250 million in damages to the Opry and related buildings in April last year. The Opryland Hotel had to close for six months following the flood. Avoiding a repeat of the disaster would obviously be valuable, but no data was available at press time on the cost of the new installation.
"We can't wait for the next flood to take action and pay again for the flood damage," Munz said.
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