Monday, May 10, 2010

the flood of 2010

My city, Nashville, is recovering. Last week, 15 inches of rain fell in less than two days, leaving much of the city underwater and without electricity or phone service. I’m told that Bellevue and Antioch got the worst of it; but directly across the street from me, my neighbor’s home became engulfed by a raging river of flood water.

I am one of the lucky ones with little to no damage. Some of my neighbors have spent a week cleaning up the debris and destruction. A lot of people are living in temporary housing while they work on their homes. Most people have electricity restored and they are making strides toward re-opening one of our city’s two water treatment plants.

Eight families in my immediate area lost all they have. When you drive down the streets, it looks like a war zone. The streets and cars are covered with a layer of mud. There are spray-painted X’s on windows. Waterlines come up halfway on some of the homes. Peoples’ whole lives are piled up at the curb, ruined. Fallen trees and debris are scattered everywhere you look.

In light of this, I’m taking some time off from blogging about my garden and would like to remind people of ways they can help Nashvillians. In the photo, you can see Anderson Cooper wearing the ‘We Are Nashville’ t-shirt by CoolPeopleCare. You can purchase these to directly support flood relief in our area. Find out more on their website.

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