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Church member: ‘Incredible’ devastation in Nashville

The flooding scene in downtown Nashville. (Photo by Caroline Price)

Via Caroline Price, here is a firsthand report and photos on the relief effort and devastation in Nashville.
Caroline is a 2009 journalism graduate of Lipscomb University and a member of the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ.
Here’s her report:

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc. has been working hard to meet the needs of those affected by the Tennessee Flood of 2010. Today, more than 100 people gathered at the warehouse on Allied Drive in Nashville. These volunteers packed 1,300 boxes in just under two hours. The boxes consisted of various food items as well as personal hygiene items. Trucks were sent out to numerous locations, including Waverly, Bellevue, Antioch and Franklin, where many people have been hit the hardest.

Volunteers pack boxes at Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. (Photo by Caroline Price)

The devastation, particularly within the Nashville area, is incredible. There are houses with water up to their roofs, businesses ruined, and precious Nashville landmarks that are completely underwater. Working for Disaster Relief gave me a sense of feeling useful. In a situation like this, many people are looking to volunteer, but there are not always the opportunities available. Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort is almost like behind-the-scenes work. We’re working hard, and not many people know about it. It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you have people there who don’t need or expect the credit.

Read other posts on the Nashville flood.

  • Feedback
    This information is from Ricky Perry, president and CEO of Goodpasture Christian School:
    “The recent flooding has impacted each of our Christian Schools in the Middle Tennessee area. Most areas received between 10 and 16 inches of rain in a little over 24 hours. Like so many schools, we have families who have lost everything (homes, cars, clothes, food, etc). To my knowledge none of our schools have had fatalities, but there will be a long time of cleanup before things get back to normal.”
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    May, 4 2010

    I’m in the throes of final papers for this semester so I haven’t been able to watch the news as much as I usually do. How did this happen? I’ve been to Nashville numerous times, and I don’t recall thinking of the area as flood-prone, much less to this extent. When you think of Tennessee you think of hills. I’m perplexed by how this could even happen there, especially on this large of a scale. It’s good the CoC disaster relief org is still in operation.
    May, 4 2010

    What is the best way to donate? Should I just donate money online? Or can I send food/toiletries/necessities, etc? My concern is that if all stores and roads are flooded, how will food and water reach y’all to distribute?
    May, 4 2010

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