As many of you know, I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee- just a touch south of Nashville. You may also know that Nashville has just had what they call a “1000 year flood” and is destroyed.
Fortunately we are ok. My internet and power has been out a lot and cell phone signal just sucks to be honest. My truck has some pretty bad hail damage. But at least our roof never saw rising water.
We were fortunate because over 20 people died and Nashville is looking at billions of dollars in repairs to homes, downtown, public property and roads.
Video of flooded streets in Downtown Nashville near the Cumberland River.
School Portable Building Floating down I-24
The Opry House
Even now, 12 days later areas of Murfreesboro, less than 10 minutes from where I live are still flooded. WKRN, a local new station, posted this story and image today. http:// http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12472743/
There are a number of ways to donate to flood relief, including a concert with more than a dozen Country stars hosted by Tim McGraw called Nashville Rising. Tickets are as little as $25 to raise much needed funds. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 14th at 10 AM. I know my family is going to be there. http://www.nashvillerising.org/
Monetary Donations are being accepted though:
* The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, donate online to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and/or the Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund HERE (checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN, 37244).
* Middle Tennessee Red Cross: Donate online at www.nashvilleredcross.org, by phone at 615-250-4300 or by mail at 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. Remember, the Red Cross is not a government agency and is funded solely by your local donations.
* Second Harvest Food Bank: Give a monetary donation to our superstar food bank HERE.
* Salvation Army: Monetary donations are preferred and can be made online HERE or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* First Tennessee Bank: First Tennessee has pledged to match donations made by employees and customers, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. Donations can be made at any First Tennessee Bank location.
* Kroger, Dollar General, Whole Foods: Accepting donations at checkout.
All volunteer work is being done though HON (Hands On Nashville) http://www.hon.org/HomePage/index.php/home.html.
Thanks to Nashvillest for having up-to-date information on how to donate money, time and items to flood victims. http://nashvillest.com/2010/05/03/so-nashville-is-flooded-how-can-i-help/
I have decided to give at least 5% of our May income to flood relief. It may take years for Nashville to recover and many families were not adequately insured for flooding since we have been in a drought for more than 5 years.
I appreciate your support and prayers for our community.