It’s taken me several days to come to grips with the flooding in Nashville. At first, it literally hurt too much to read about the destruction in this city so close to my heart, but now I realize that this blog can be another channel to list sources of aide for the disaster. Nashvillest is keeping an updated account.
As Keith Olbermann reported last night, “If there is anything worse than your community being hit by a disaster, it’s being hit by a disaster while other and bigger disasters unfold.” MSNBC video with flyover coverage:
Here’s an impressive video of shots taken from the ground from a local photographer. (Great song from The Album Leaf, too.) Discovered via Tennesseans using Social Media to tell the flood story, Knoxville News Sentinel:
Without reporting too many other numbers, you can imagine what kind of damage 51.85 feet of flooding has done to downtown Nashville. Here is the latest from The Wall Street Journal this morning, covering KY, TN, and MS. A few ways you can help:
- Official relief is run through Hands On Nashville. Up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter @HONashville.
- Add a Twibbon to your Twitter avatar and use hash tag #NashvilleFlood.
- Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10
- NashvilleFloodHelp.org is an unofficial Facebook group to request help.
- Water conservation is one of the most urgent issues. Locals, start using rain barrels and gray water.
- The Tennessee Bar Association is offering various avenues of assistance.
- Here’s a 22 page PDF you can download: Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes
Even though I’ve moved up to Louisville, flooding hasn’t escaped this area. The downtown area is expected to reach flood levels by Thursday even though it’s been sunny skies for the past week other than Saturday’s downpour. I took the photo below (and a few others) this morning, right down the road from our house in Shepherdsville. I’d say that the Salt River is about 20 feet higher than normal. Fortunately, I haven’t heard about any damage here. Compare the photo to the one Bryan Jones gave me permission to use.
As always, feel free to add to the story by commenting below. Every little bit of news helps in these trying times. Stay strong, Nashville! (You always do.)