(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
To say that this has been a rough week for Nashville and its surrounding areas would be an understatement. For those of you that don’t know, we had a record 13.57 inches of rainfall over the course of two days resulting in what is being called a 500-year flood. The Cumberland River spilled over its banks flooding not only Downtown Nashville and one of our water treatment plants, but also many homes and businesses. The rising water quickly destroyed historic landmarks and bits of this city’s history. For thousands it can only be summed up as complete devastation.
All of us at Dove were very fortunate and survived with little to no water damage. However, many of our friends and neighbors were not so fortunate. They have spent the last week ripping out soaked drywall and carpeting, and sorting through water- logged possessions.
What has amazed me the most over the last week has been the spirit of hope and resilience that has permeated throughout Middle Tennessee. A grassroots movement, entitled “We Are Nashville”, has emerged banding people together to support each other, and bring our city back to its feet and greatness. It has truly been a beautiful sight to behold.
So I am sure you are wondering why I am telling you all of this on a wedding photography blog. We need your help! I am blogging about this because it seems that people outside of Nashville have not really been made aware of the dire situation that we are in.
If you live in this area and are able to volunteer there are some great places where you can get information on opportunities. Hands on Nashville has been organizing volunteer opportunities all week, and will continue to do so over the course of the next several weeks. The folks at Nashvillest website have done a great job of listing other organizations that are putting together volunteer efforts and how you can get hooked up with them.
If you do not live in the area, but are compelled to help, we can always use monetary donations. You can donate to the Red Cross of Middle Tennessee online, as well as by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief. You can also donate to the Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund, The Salvation Army or Second Harvest Food Bank.
I wanted to leave you with a few images from this past week.
Carpeting, drywall and baseboards from the inside of a friends basement apartment.
Volunteers getting ready to sandbag in Metrocenter
A flooded Opry Mills Mall, and the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A flooded Nashville neighborhood on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
As you begin your weekend, please keep all of Tennessee in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the recovery and rebuilding process.