Skip to comments.Nashville Flood 2010: The Disaster You May Not Have Heard About
Posted on 05/06/2010 1:18:28 AM PDT by ICAB9USA
A great American city is currently buried under a sea of water, but you may not know much about it given all the attention media have given to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square.
The rain totals are almost unimaginable as is the flooding.
Damage estimates at this point have already surpassed a billion dollars, and are likely to go higher.
Several of my readers have asked me to post the following video. I cried most of the time I watched. See if you can control your emotions better than I did (video follows with a list of some charitable organizations involved in storm relief, multiple hat-tips to readers in the area):
(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...
In stark contrast the media was ready to horsewhip Bush when Katrina happened.
But Obama gets a pass not only on the BP Oil Spill but the flood here in Nashville.
This is a “Katrina-style” mess...but they will bounce back within twelve months and continue on. It’s the Tennessee attitude that makes them different.
Obama hates black people!
Have they even bothered to declare it a disaster area, yet?
Has Obama even visited Nashville since the flood??
BTW, I learned that the Cumberland river flows from south to north. I have family in Clarksville forty miles northwest of Nashville, and the commercial riverside is under water.
Yes, where’s all the outrage?
I’m not really sure.
Watch the video of the Christian church school’s portable building, which was swept off its foundation and floated across the football field onto I24. Watch what happens when the upside down vehicle runs into it from behind.
Wow. Looked like it was made of cardboard.
It's the Volunteer State . . .
Maybe the media attention would be greater if it was Memphis that was flooded.
I have no doubt that would be the case.
Several diverse inhabited areas were inundated by the flooding last weekend. Channels 3 and 5 have had the diversies on TV crying where is the government that is supposed to help them? The rest of the folks near Memphis are working and rebuilding...except for the diversies that expect government handouts and babying.
Actually, our Dem governor has been pretty conservative.
Not one word about Memphis's flooding problems. I have friends who have had extensive damage and the Navy base at Millington is still closed.
We were! But, then again true to form, everyone else in the state treats us like red headed stepchildren.
lol North Mississippi, Memphis and Millington (a nearby suburb) DID flood the day before Nashville got it. (Same storm system). You didn’t hear about it? Oh well....there goes your theory.
I hope your friends will be ok. My neighborhood received extensive damage, as well. My house is ok but some of the homes 2 doors down were flooded. I live out in Waverly and you could see the flood waters of the Loosahatchie River off in the fields.
Chuckle. How bad was the flooding in Memphis, by the way?
The pictures include the tornado damage, as well. Some of the worst flooding out here wasn't really represented in that gallery. I know that the street in front of my house was under 4ft of water but I was too worried about my husband wading in it with a metal rake during a lightening storm to try to clear blocked storm drains to take a photo. :D
The city I live in, Corinth, was hit pretty hard by flooding. I think Fox had some footage of us on one of the newscasts. The alphabet networks were too busy covering the Tea Party Times Square Bomber.
I hope you guys are able to recover soon! Good luck to you.
I bet you'll get a plastic rake next time you're at the hardware store.
I read on an eariler post here on FR that 7 or 8 counties have been or will be declared Disaster Areas. Three of which are Shelby,McNairy and Perry counties—sorry but can’t recall the others. Have tried many times to reach friends in the Perry Co. area but get message “No Phone service in that Area code) so from that I knew it was very bad. It seems as if all News services have focused on the Nashville area, which has been most irritating. I Hope and Pray that if any of your family or friends are in those disaster areas, they will be safe. Heard at some point the TN Nat. Guard was helping but not a word about FEMA, Homeland Security, etc.
This from my Sister In Law who is a Tennessee
Red Cross Emergency Response volunteer.
We’ve remained quite busy here with the Red Cross. There are so many areas that are virtually wiped off the neighborhood maps. In addition to helping with opening a shelter in Nashville Saturday night, we (Tom and I) opened a shelter in a rural part of TN on Tuesday, but most people just don’t want to leave their neighborhoods. Friends and families are taking in friends and families. The first shelter we opened at Lipscomb University has already been closed (yesterday). As the saying goes in the RC — “you open a shelter and immediately start to close it down.” That’s a good thing — we want people to get back to some sense of “normalcy” as soon as possible.
Fortunately, most of the counties affected have now been declared Federal disaster areas and FEMA has arrived in TN. People need EVERYTHING. We spent yesterday serving meals from an ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle). We were dispatched to an area with 100 meals — NOT enough! The same area today had 600 meals going out — the numbers of those affected are still coming in. I hear from many people that the national news media is still focused on the Gulf oil spill and coverage of our crisis is on the second “page” — what a shame (haven’t had much time to watch TV this past week). The folks here in TN are in desperate need of help!! So, if anyone mentions to you they would like to help TN, have them send a check to:
American Red Cross
Nashville Area Chapter Headquarters
2201 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Put on the check: Middle TN Flood Relief Donation (so it helps TN and doesn’t get put into a “national” bank account)
We were certainly lucky — or should I say blessed — this time. Our neighborhood suffered only minor damage to a few homes; ours had none. We are so very fortunate; and we feel so fortunate that we had the calling to volunteer with the Red Cross and receive the needed training prior to this disaster. I wouldn’t wish this type of horror on anyone. But at least we were and are prepared... Take care.
Praise God, your home was spared and praise God you are there to help others.
I love the image of family taking in family, neighbor taking in neighbor. Before
Government induced charity that was the natural way. People actually knew what
to do in a disaster and how to take care of each other.
Your reports are appreciated and I have tried to share some of the news and
prayer needs with my church and choir. You are correct that the national news
tags along with events they can politicize to gain ground for their agenda. But
be assured, you are not forgotten. You are in our prayers and on the national
radar with the underground media. Can’t you feel it? God is holding you up. In
spite of what you see with your eyes, God is holding you up with forces greater
than those that mean to harm.
Thanks Jo Nuvark
PREDATE TO POST #26 - (Took me a while to find
my SIL’s original email on May 2nd.
MAY 2ND, 2010 - EMAIL FROM SIL
Don’t know if I mentioned it to you, but Tom and I are now trained as Disaster Responders for the American Red Cross. We are going to be very, very busy this coming week (understatement to say the least).
As you may have heard, we here in Nashville are in some very serious trouble — the rain is torrential and just won’t stop. 2/3 of Middle TN has received at least 9” of rain; some areas of Nashville — 15”. People who have lived here all their lives say they haven’t seen this much rain and flooding for 30 to 40 years.
We were put on standby at 4 pm yesterday afternoon by the RC Disaster Relief Team, called into service at 5 pm, and arrived at headquarters at 6 pm. We made it home at 8 am this morning, after helping to open a shelter at Lipscomb University, (a 13-hour shift). We had 53 people registered into the shelter as of 4:30 am this morning, including 17 dogs and 1 cat (processed by the Disaster Animal Response Team of the Nashville Humane Assn.
As we were leaving, 2 busloads of people were arriving, many families with small children. The 2nd shift team was hit pretty hard as they walked in the door. By then Tom and I were walking zombies and just could not stay any longer. This was our first experience with a major disaster since training with the RC and, of course, our first in helping to open a shelter.
Both of us just got up, but the sound of the rain just keeps us awake (and our disaster radio keeps blaring off the warnings) but we’ve managed about 3 hours of sleep and really don’t feel that bad right now. Guess it will hit us a little later today.
I think the worst part of it last night was not having clothes to give to people who arrived in wet clothes. Tom and some of the university students started doing laundry and drying clothes for people (as the disaster victims were walking around in sheets until they could get their clothes back). Eventually, we did receive some scrubs so people could change. Hopefully, they will get a Salvation Army truck out there today so people can receive a change of clothes (the RC is not able to accept clothes). Many arrived with only the clothes on their backs. Several were rescued by boat and a few weren’t even allowed time to get their wallets and ID.
2 pm, Sunday May 2nd - Update
I just got off the phone with Volunteer Services. We are now assigned as an ERV driving team (Emergency Response Vehicle) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this coming week. In this instance, this probably means driving the ERV through neighborhoods and passing out food; our shift will be 10 -12 hours per day (at least it’s the day shift!). Tom and I are both certified as ERV drivers (yup! I can drive a truck now!).
For now, we need a lot of prayers sent to Tennessee. Would appreciate the support from by siblings and their families. Will keep you posted. Love, Tl
MY PRAYER TO SIL
Father God... You know, but we ask for Your relief, Your mercy,
Your intervention in the lives of those in danger. Help Terry and
Tom to have the energy for the task You have called them to
accomplish. Thank You for the miracles by Your hand and for
those who recognize it. In Jesus name... Bon
Thank you. Your prayer allowed me to let the tears flow before heading out again this morning — something that I needed to do to relieve all the stress. While today was very busy and hectic, I felt a sense of peace at the same time. Love, tl
MY RESPONSE TO SIL
Jehovah knows... and you are not alone. Though it seems insurmountable,
God is doing the heavy lifting. How awesome to look back some day and
see His hand holding back a greater flood, yet allowing your tears to flow.
His love is deeper, wider and higher. Still praying. It’s not over. ...Bon
Dear Jo: Thank you for providing a way we can help. I survived a flood in my childhood, where we lost everything. The Red Cross came to our rescue all those many years ago, and now I can continue to pay them back by helping those facing that devastation. God is good. He is ever with us. My message to those people is to keep the faith.
God bless you sweet FRiend.