I finally broke today. You just can't imagine the devastation that we have here.
This video brought me to tears. And it doesn't come near showing you how many places were flooded. Places that weren't even near water. Places that had never flooded before. Not even during the flood of 1979, when we thought it was bad. The Corps of Engineers declared it a 1,000 year flood. A flood that we should have never known.
Someone said yesterday that it's like a tsunami hit Nashville... and it is.
Last Saturday morning, I went to the gym. It was raining. We knew that we had a 70% chance of rain and that it was probably going to rain on Sunday, too. I cleaned house. My Love came home and we were going to go shopping when my Mom called. A tornado was coming toward our house, so we flipped on the TV.
We ducked under the stairwell and watched as that storm passed. Then came another round, and another and another and it just didn't stop raining.
My best friend called and said that she was on her way home from Downtown to Murfreesboro, since bad storms were coming. She needed to get home to her dogs and let them out. She was literally 10 minutes in front of the I-24 flood that 175 cars had to be hauled away from.
This wasn't like New Orleans where we were told to GET OUT. Leave. It's coming. There was no warning. As a matter of fact, they told us to stay home. The roads were flash flooding. If you don't have to leave, don't. That's why so many people had to be evacuated by boats from their homes. This happened to us with no warning and in a period of 36 hours.
I am very fortunate that I live on a hill near the lake, but behind the dam. We only had water coming in the windows that we didn't know needed re-caulking.
Many lost everything. Every thing. Homes. Businesses. Lives.
Please pray, send up a hopeful thought or whatever you do. Our city is devastated and the national media has barely noticed.