When the Levee Breaks

Yesterday I was watching "It Might Get Loud" and the Led Zeppelin song, "When the Levee Breaks" came on.  It was unfortunately appropriate given the rain that has fallen on us the past few days.  I had a different post planned for today, and will post it later on, but Mizzie and I couldn't not comment on the flooding that continues to wreak havoc on most of Middle Tennessee today.  We hope you and your families are safe and sound and haven't had to deal with this heartbreaking amount of loss.

For those readers outside of Tennessee, take a few minutes to watch this video posted by photographer, Michael Deppisch. The images are stunning and are concentrated mainly in and around downtown which is just a small portion of where the flooding has affected people. I had no idea until I watched this video that just a short distance from my house the water at one point yesterday was about four feet deep.

Here is video of Opryland Hotel which was evacuated last night because of the threat of flooding. There is now 8-10 feet of water inside.

If you're wondering how you can help either by donating or volunteering, a great local blog, Nashvillest, has done a terrific job the past few days of keeping everyone informed of what's going on and how people can help.  You can view the complete post here and please continue to refer back to it as it will be updated as they learn of additional opportunities.
Following is an extract from the Nashvillest post "So Nashville is Flooded...How Can I Help?" (Flood 2010).
  • 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.
  • Kroger: Food donation barrels in all area Kroger stores, monetary donations accepted at checkout.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Provide monetary donations to Second Harvest HERE. Second Harvest is currently working to relocate their inventory from Metro Center.
  • Salvation Army: Monetary donations are preferred and can be made online HERE or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Drop off your donations of bottled water, mops, brooms, heavy duty work gloves, masks, sponges, squeegees, scrub brushes, plastic gloves, bleach, all purpose cleaner concentrate, trash bags and paper towels at the 631 Dickerson Road center.
  • 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).
  • Graceworks Ministries: Graceworks is working with the Red Cross to collect donations for flood victims. They are in need of non-perishable food items, toilet paper, detergent, dry beans, pasta, canned soup, toothbrushes, bottled water, clothing, diapers (sizes 2, 3 and 4) and furniture. Please separate men’s, women’s and children’s clothing donations. Drop off donations at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin TN.
  • Lipscomb University: In need of towels, blankets, pillows, bottled water. Bring to Allen Arena. No perishable foods.
  • Gordon JCC: In need of towels, pillows, limited toiletries. Please no more volunteers or food right now. Bring to the front door.
  • Al Menah Shrine Center: In need of male & female underwear, some socks, comfortable clean clothing, blankets, approximately 50 pillows. Please no more volunteers for now. Bring donations to the front door (1354 Brick Church Pike).
  • Hands On Nashville: Again, all Metro Nashville relief efforts are running through Hands On Nashville. Sign up to be notified of opportunities HERE. Relief efforts are expected to begin this afternoon/evening.
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an emergency unit to Nashville and is working on assessing the damage and connecting with local churches. Sign up HERE (select “Nashville TN Flood Relief”) to volunteer with them.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Contact volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org to help prepare meals for the Salvation Army and Red Cross once they are able to get on their feet again.
  • Graceworks Ministries: Contact cdublin@graceworksministries.net for volunteer opportunities. They will need help sorting & processing donations for the Red Cross.
  • Trevecca Nazarine University: Group is taking food, water, first aid and toiletries to flooded neighbors around the university. If you’re in the area and want to help distribute, call Dan at 941-518-6740. Drop off donations at the Boone Business Building.
  • East Nashville: Teams are being organized to help neighbors who need furniture moved, debris bagged up or removed, help getting things out of water’s way or cleaning up once it’s gone. To help or receive help, call Catherine at ArtHouse Gardens at 828-9223.
  • Hendersonville Flood Relief Facebook Group
  • Housing: Have space to offer in your clean, dry, not-flooded house for displaced flood victims? Sign up HERE and we will work to connect you with shelters or other organizations placing families in homes.
  • Animals: Animal Ark Animal Hospital is taking in pets of displaced families on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please stay safe everyone,