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Nashville Will Rise Again (#NashvilleFlood #Flood2010)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The water has started to recede in some places, and those of us in Middle Tennessee (and other parts of the region) are steeling ourselves for the true scope of this disaster.

If you’re an author, editor, agent, or otherwise involved in the publishing industry, please consider finding something to donate for auction at Do the Write Thing for Nashville—and if you’re a writer or reader, please consider bidding on the items up for auction (signed books, critiques, phone conversations with editors/agents, etc.). They’ve already raised $1,500+ for Nashville disaster relief—let’s help them increase that amount!

If you live in/around the Middle Tennessee area, please support area businesses’ efforts at raising money for flood relief and consider attending one of the benefit music concerts or art show that are going to be happening all over the area. In Southeast Nashville, consider attending the benefit concert at the Flatrock Cafe on Nolensville Road Friday, May 14. They already have several groups on board (And, Okay!, Like Candy Red, and Spider Poets) and several others may be added.

Here’s a video containing images of the flooding, a little of the aftermath, along with quotes from Patten Fuqua’s “We Are Nashville” blog post on Section

And here’s a slide show from The Tennessean covering the past five days.

Damage from this flood could top $1 billion—and that’s just to replace all the physical stuff. There is no price we can put on the loss of lives and peace of mind this tragedy has caused. We just keep trying to make sure that those who need help receive it by making sure they get the attention they deserve.

I do have to say, the more time that’s passed, the more this story has been picked up, not just within the U.S., but internationally. I’ve seen articles in newspapers from London to Sydney to Saigon about the disaster—and the need for relief, and the story is starting to gain more traction with the national news outlets across the U.S. (the major networks and the cable news networks) giving us more than just thirty seconds to two minutes of air time. The Weather Channel, of course, has been here and reporting continuously since the event started.

Of course, we here in Nashville, were disappointed to learn that RWA chose to relocate the national convention from Nashville to Orlando, but we do understand that it’s going to take more than just a couple of months for this area to recover. Mayor Karl Dean, though, has lit the fire under everyone in Nashville to get downtown ready to receive the tens of thousands of tourists who come to Nashville every year for the CMA Fest (most of us here still call it Fan Fair), which is donating half of its proceeds toward disaster relief.

Everyone’s calling this the worst disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. Now, as then, Nashville will rise again.

  1. Thursday, May 6, 2010 8:11 pm

    It will rise again. Nashville is a beautiful city, and one that I never plan to stop visiting. Honestly? I’ve always said that if I were to make plans to live in a large city, Nashville would be my first choice. It just feels like home when you’re there.

    I was disappointed for you that RWA changed their venue, but considering the timeline, understandable. I’m sure they’ll try to schedule it for there as soon as possible.

    Thanks for the updates, and know that lots of people are praying for you!


  2. Patty Hall permalink
    Thursday, May 6, 2010 8:40 pm

    Do you know where I could send a cash donation?



  3. Friday, May 7, 2010 9:53 am

    I thought that things were bad over here in Memphis, but goodness me those pictures. We had our backyard transform into a river almost twenty feet across, but I am ever so glad we live on a slope now. The river came through and passed on and did not stay nor get into the house. Things could have been so much worse, and my prayers are definitely out there for those that did have worse.


  4. Saturday, May 8, 2010 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I showed it to my kids and my 17 yr. old didn’t even know a thing about it. Our Wednesday Night Home group has been praying for those involved. They were stunned by all the destruction. Thank you for all the updates.


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