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What helped — and what didn’t

Church members who lived through floods, hurricanes, tornados and fires share their stories of relief that works

Cars navigate flooded streets in Nashville, Tenn., after record rainfall overflowed a river in 2010. (PHOTO BY TED PARKS)

Tennessee floods, May 2010

WHAT HAPPENED: Two days of torrential rain caused the Cumberland River in Nashville to crest at a level not seen since 1937. Storms claimed 20 lives in Tennessee, six in Mississippi and four in Kentucky. (See our coverage from 2010.)

WHAT HELPED: As the floodwaters rose, the Bellevue Church of Christ served stranded motorists. Lipscomb University provided shelter for those forced to evacuate. Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, based in Nashville, set up 20 distribution centers at churches across Tennessee. “One of the most amazing things is the churches working together,” said Howard Howell, family minister for the Pennington Bend Church of Christ in Nashville.

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