Tennessee's Uncovered Disaster -UPDATED

A few days ago a reader asked me if I was going to be writing about the dramatic flooding in Nashville, and I said that I did mean to, and that it seemed to me the Nashville flooding was like the big Ice Storms that left people in some parts of Kentucky without power for nearly a month, two winters ago – a “red state” disaster that went uncovered, and had no one screaming “where are the feds; why aren’t they doing something?”

19 are dead; the damages will top a billion dollars.

It does seem like the natural disasters that occur outside of the Boston – DC corridor go unnoticed by the press. Colorado can get 60 inches of show and a 5 inch thick ice plate, and we never know about it. New York gets six inches of snow, and it leads the news. I am sorry that I did not follow through on my own instincts to cover the flooding.

So, if you have not seen what has been occurring in Tennessee, take a look. Nashville is certainly a disaster area on par with New Orleans after the levee break:

Got that via Newsbusters where they are rounding up relief and aid information if you would like to contribute to helping Tennessee folk get back on their feet.

If you want to make a fast donation, you can text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief.

The Middle Tennessee Red Cross is here. I am going to be sending a check to Catholic Charities of Tennessee.

Currents covers how the churches are helping

The folk affected by this disaster seem hearty and ready to face their challenges. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

UPDATE:
Vince Gill will be headlining a livestreamed telethon tonight, from 7 to 10 PM. Vince Gill & Friends on Thursday, May 6, in prime time from 7 to 10 p.m. Scheduled to appear are Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Steve Wariner, Buddy Jewell and Lonestar, among others.

Another video:

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  • Doc

    The folks of middle Tennessee are the wrong sort of victim. The corporate media have a template meant not to inform the public, but rather to win elections for Democrats. If the story can’t be spun to hurt Republicans, smear conservatives, or help Democrats, where is the value in it? New Orleans had the correct type of victims and it was used to hurt Bush very badly. If the Nashville floods get heavily covered, people might wonder why Obama doesn’t seem to care. The MSM can’t have people questioning the president’s caring nature, can they? Besides, he’s gathering his team of attack dog attorneys to leap into the fray and prosecute BP. Birds and fish in the Gulf are more worthy of sympathy that dead white people in Nashville. This is very obvious to those who choose to pay attention.

  • http://juliecork.wordpress.com Julie

    For some people, the flooding and the loss are extremely personal.

    Gil Bailie has requested prayers for his Aunt and Uncle.

  • Ellen

    I live in Kentucky, and I often go to Nashville to shop and eat out. I love Nashville dearly, and I predict that they and the other folks from Middle Tennessee who got flooded out will be back in a very short time.

    People are helpful and neighborly there.

  • Danielle

    The Diocese of Nashville has set up a flood relief fund. Here is the url if anyone wishes to donate to that.

    link

    You can use a credit card or PayPal.

  • Claudia

    Dear Anchoress,
    Thank you for telling our story. Thank you for the prayers and donations of your readers to help us. I live in Montgomery county and our town was hit extremely hard. Catastrophic is not too dramatic of a word to describe the damages here. I live about a 1/2 mile from the Cumberland river and even though the hills of my neighborhood had never never been flooded from the river–this time we were.
    But, we did what we always do, whether ice storm or tornado or flood–we checked on our neighbors and helped out when necessary. This is why you didn’t see the story of our flood splashed across the headlines. There was no rioting or looting. Our governor didnt get on national tv and blame the president or the Corp of Engineers for the flood. We just set about suriving the flood and now we are assessing our damages.
    My own son was caught out on I24 by a wall of water which floated his truck off the highway.
    By the grace of God, he was able to get to safety that night.
    Thank you for letting others know.

  • Marcy

    Thank you Anchoress for posting about the destruction in Nashville. I live here and the destruction is hard to comprehend.

  • Myssi

    This Tennessee Mountain girl loves Nashville. Hang in there, folks, help IS on the way.The Volunteer State’s volunteers are doin’ their thing at home this time. My kids’ schools are taking donations of money and goods to be trucked to Red Cross shelters and churches over the weekend. And volunteers from my church are there doing disaster relief now through the Southern Baptist Association. (They are a Katrina experienced crew, for what that’s worth.)
    That said, we do appreciate what bloggers across the country are doing to get the word out that help is needed and badly so. (I guess it doesn’t hurt that effort that Glenn Reynolds is from Knoxville.) If you can spare $10, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Good friends, good shopping, good food, great music, excellent medicine, and even professional hockey and neighbors who don’t loot at the first sign of catastrophe. If you can’t find it in Nashville, you really didn’t need it and you probably didn’t look hard enough. It’ll be a long road back, but we Tennesseans liberated Texas; we will survive this flood.
    God bless all of you who are suffering now, but I know that Nashville will be back and better than ever because Tennesseans are like that and this week, I’m extra proud to be one.

  • Cara

    I think the flooding is under-reported because Nashvillians aren’t whining about how the government needs to come to the rescue. The school-age daughter of one of my co-workers has organized a donation drive (food/water/clothes/cleaning supplies) all on her own. We’re taking care of our own—as my husband says, we’re only talking about it because Nashvillians love to tell a good story. And as Myssi says, Nashville is a wonderful place to live! I’m very blessed to be here (a transplant from Chicago). Just pray for us please!

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