Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Water, Water, everywhere! (and not a drop to drink)"

A few weeks ago (the weekend of May 1, 2010 to be exact), Nashville, TN (and surrounding areas) was struck down by tremendous amounts of rainfall. This event (an estimated 15 inches of rain, a new record for rainfall in Nashville's history) led to days/weeks of road closures due to high water, debris and devastation. Personally, I would like to thank the local Government Officials for the immediate action that they  took to inform, protect and serve the victims of the Flood and the general public. I was very pleased to see how fast Clear Channel reacted to the Flood (via their huge Radiothon), you can read more about that here. I realize there were many other Radiothons, Telethons and the like, but I can't name them all. I would also like to that the Red Cross who sent numerous trucks up from Alabama to help out with the relief efforts. FEMA is doing a good job to, thanks.

I am very proud to live here in Tennessee, because during this crisis everyone here volunteered immediately. They don't call it "The Volunteer State" for nothin'!

I am proud to say that I volunteered and gave back to the communities in Bellevue and West Nashville by helping them with the clean-up for about 2 weeks. It's crazy, because during that time I couldn't tell you what I did on what day. All the days seemed to blur/run together.

I was amazed to hear about these people in Kingston Springs, TN (another area affected by the Flood) whom were in need of bleach and thus posted it on Facebook. Believe it or not, about an hour or so later people came from all over the state of TN with truckloads of bleach for these people that they bought with their own money and were willing to donate it to them. That just goes to show you the power of the Internet.

I and most of my friends and family were fortunate enough not to be displaced by the Flood.

That being said, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the great Flood of 2010.