As you might know, I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Close to downtown, just a mile from the Cumberland River. That might bring people to the conclusion that I was flooded out, but that would be incorrect.
Here at Casa Daven, it rained hard, we had standing water in our front yard and back yard, but we weren’t flooded at all. Yes, there were areas only a half a mile away that were underwater (the Juvenile Justice Center is completely underwater to the second floor). Thankfully the way the ground rolls around here we are up high enough to have lost nothing.
Thank the Gods for Their Mercy upon us.
Still, we are not unaffected by the floods. We are asked to curtail our usage of water since one of the reclamation plants that serve our drinking water is completely under water, and thus not working. We have been asked to cut our usage by half. We have power, we have water, we have telephone and Internet and are able to communicate and leave to get to the store. So we, personally, are safe.
However, there are many around here that are very harmed by the flood, many homeless, many who are dispossessed and their pets missing. There are 12 dead in the state, and who knows how many dead.
There was a total of 13.53 inches in ONE DAY, which is a historic amount, the next closest was 6.5 inches from a hurricane that came ashore in the 1970’s. Many historic locations are destroyed, many have lost all their possessions, their cars, keepsakes and mementos. Schools are still closed and might be closed tomorrow. My daughter is at her girlfriend’s house and they are safe (although the roof leaked there).
Now I worry about those who are downriver from us, who will have to deal with risen waters in the rivers, and those in Georgia and North Carolina who are getting the same storm that we just went through.
Please, keep those who were hurt and who have lost in your prayers, no matter whom you pray to. It will take a couple days to get the immediate problems solved, and many months to solve the rest of the problems.
I feel very bad for those who do not have flood insurance and who are not in flood plains, since they will not get anything back. This means that these poor people will not have any recourse except to dip into their own money to pay for their own repairs. It could run into millions of dollars.
Then we also have people who are raising prices to simply make money off this disaster. Those kinds of people I have no sympathy for and I hope they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
So, that’s it here. It’s going to take time, but we are all safe. I don’t think I will be going to the YMCA for the next few days.