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How to Help Nashville and Tennessee Recover

Submitted by on May 5, 2010 – 8:18 am2 Comments

Tennessee flood, 2010

My funny friend on Twitter, Yoly, suggested she could send a boat from Hialeah named “La Cachita” to rescue me in flooded Nashville. What a great visual to break through the real stuff I am seeing here. And, for nearly two days, I could have used La Cachita.

My town was surrounded by water on all three sides heading east — east where Maria was spending the night with friends, just a couple of blocks from where water rescues were taking place. We got her home Monday, but spent all of Sunday and half of Monday wondering when we would see our 6-year-old again. (She was having a blast, by the way…)

Dear Tiki Tiki-ers, some of you know that I live in a lovely little town outside of Nashville, TN. It’s a hamlet, a little village with great history, beautiful fields, rolling hills and a long, flowing river that charms and entertains us.

This weekend, the Harpeth River overflowed, as did the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, the Mill Creek in South Nashville and other rivers, creeks, and tributaries. The place I have called home for nearly 19 years is devastated. Historic landmarks are damaged, we are under a water conservation order, more than a dozen people lost their lives, hundreds lost their homes and some still are stranded in homes turned islands — four days after the storms began. Several of my friends have suffered great losses.

The video I have posted contains some powerful shots, including some from the air, which give a better sense of the damage. My former employer, the local paper, has a gallery of aerial shots that takes your breath away. I wish I could embed it.

And here is a great piece of news coverage from MSNBC.

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I wrote about my own experience and a little about my neighbors and friends over at Bilingual in the Boonies yesterday. My own home is safe, and for that I can’t stop saying prayers of gratitude.

If you can, please help from afar. Those of you who have lived through earthquakes and hurricanes and tornadoes know how difficult, and how long, the recovery process can be. So, here are two quick and easy ways to send your love to the people of Music City and surrounds.

  • Text “redcross” to 90999 to give a $10 donation to the recovery efforts in the South. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting redcross.org.
  • Donate to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a superb local organization.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the wonderful, kind, charming people of Middle Tennessee. Besos to all those who asked about me and mine, too!

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