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Dollywood, Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg being evacuated

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by RandomPrincess, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. RandomPrincess

    RandomPrincess Keep Moving Forward Premium Member

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    How horrible. This is a really busy time for that area and the road system isn't capable of handling regular traffic. An evacuation has to be a nightmare. I hope everyone gets out safe. A fast moving wild fire and gridlock traffic is a horrific possibility.
     
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    RandomPrincess Keep Moving Forward Original Poster Premium Member

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    https://www.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainsNPS/?fref=ts

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is posting updates. Currently reporting over 1000 people are in Red Cross Shelters.

    Fires have reached the edge of Dollywood property. The Ripley's Aquarium Staff was forced to evacuated and are worried about all the animals they had to leave behind. Several Resorts are thought to be destroyed.
     
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    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    Ripley's Aquarium is right downtown. This is bad. Really bad.
     
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    Nemo14 Well-Known Member

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    I have a good friend in the area - I'm sick to my stomach over all of this.
     
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    RandomPrincess Keep Moving Forward Original Poster Premium Member

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    I hope they are all safe. My aunt lived and worked in the area for a long time, I know she is worried sick for her friends as well.
     
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    I heard from my friend this morning - he stayed in Knoxville last night, so he's safe. My heart aches for all the devastation and chaos to such a beautiful part of the country, and all the heartache to those dealing with all this.
     
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    Not to downplay the toll on the human population there, but this photo just breaks my heart.
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  12. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Its about damned time. Premium Member

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    This is really sad. This is our next favorite place to go after Disney. Some of the friendliest down to earth grateful people i have ever met in my life. Will definitely keep them in my prayers.
     
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    Latest update was over 14,000 people evacuated and 250 buildings distroyed or damaged.

    They also said the worst seems to be over for Gaitlinburg but the fires are not all out.
     
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    another heart breaker
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    Man, this is tough. I vacationed in the Smoky Mountains cabins of Gatlinburg in the summer of 2010. I've been to Dollywood and all of the Ripley attractions. I'm happy that the animals in the aquarium weren't harmed from this fire. My deepest regrets for those who were harmed or had their businesses destroyed.
     
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    Death toll is now up to 7, and searches continue. So so incredibly sad
     
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    This is all just so heartbreaking. At least I read that the aquarium survived.
    That is nuts. It looks like something out of a movie, but sadly its not. :(
     
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    Two juvenile TN residents have been charged with arson.
     
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    Just heard that - such a tragedy. The whole situation just brings me to tears.
     
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