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:

Related:
Lifesaving lessons from the flood (via Insty)

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