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Flooding in Tennessee

Last weekend, powerful thunderstorms drenched Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi, dumping over 13 inches of rain on the region in two days. Creeks, lakes and rivers swelled with the rainwater, overflowing their banks, washing away roads, and causing the deaths of at least 24 people so far. The Cumberland River, which winds through downtown Nashville, Tennessee, crested Monday at 51.9 feet, 12 feet above flood stage, spilling into the city and surrounding neighborhoods. As the waters are now receding, cleanup and recovery begins, as municipal workers begin to repair power supplies and water treatment plants, and residents return to their homes to recover what they can. (38 photos total)

The Cumberland River floods outside of its banks Tuesday on May 4, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 13 inches of rain fell over two days, more than doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches and leaving as many as 18 dead in Tennessee, including nine in Nashville. (Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
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531 comments so far...
1.

its amazing what mother nature can do!

Posted by A salmon May 5, 10 12:37 PM
2.

Living in Nashville, this pictures are a great representation of what we went through and what we are having to deal with now. Thanks too those of you, how have added us in your prayers. The downtown is a mess and the recovery is gonig be long and expensive.

Posted by greg May 5, 10 12:38 PM
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Wao, impresionante

Posted by Gonzalo May 5, 10 12:39 PM
4.

Wonderful pictures as usual. Our prayers are with the people of Nashville.

Posted by Mark May 5, 10 12:43 PM
5.

wow

May God help them

Posted by Ahmed Eid May 5, 10 12:43 PM
6.

It's about time the Nashville floods got some national coverage, hundreds if not thousands out of their homes... millions in damage... and no national news coverage until almost a week after the fact. Thanks media-outlets. Thanks a lot.

Posted by Aaron S May 5, 10 12:44 PM
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tragic

Posted by goofydg1 May 5, 10 12:44 PM
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My heart and prayers go out to those in Nashville.

Posted by Prudence May 5, 10 12:49 PM
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It's amazing the damage water can do. If you live in or near Nashville and what to take part in helping rebuild by volunteering, 1000's of people are needed daily. Visit http://hon.org to see how you can help (the official volunteer site for the Nashville flood recovery).

Posted by Chris McIntyre May 5, 10 12:51 PM
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sad

Posted by Anonymous May 5, 10 12:52 PM
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As a native Nashvillian it is still tough to see how widespread the damage is. Although not personally affected, everyone knows someone that was. My parents' and several friends' houses were severely damaged. I'm proud of my city for not making national headlines for the wrong reasons. There has been little to no looting and the entire city is coming together to help with this unbelievable tragedy. Thank you for the pics. I hope it inspires some to help.

Posted by Matt May 5, 10 12:53 PM
12.

So sad!

Posted by Anonymous May 5, 10 12:55 PM
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Thank you for this Wonderful series of photos of the Nashville Flood which has devastated this community and also highlighted the wonderful people who call it home. Damage includes Deaths, Billions of Dollars, Loss of Homes, Businesses failing, and hardships galore. It is hard to believe but we have friends and family who have not even heard about the disaster because the national news is focused elsewhere on more politically exciting topics. The mayor, governor, police chief, etc have done a great job of maintaining cool, collective response which I guess is why the national media has ignored us. We Are Nashville and we are proud!

Posted by Mary Williams May 5, 10 01:00 PM
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#19 - a bible destroyed by the flood! ah God, that wasscally jokester.

Posted by guest May 5, 10 01:03 PM
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The Nashville Flood. May 2, 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwCGz1vSh_M

Posted by szalesz123 May 5, 10 01:06 PM
16.

Thinking of those affected by the floods in Nashville.

Posted by CB May 5, 10 01:14 PM
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Some photos from the Two Rivers/Opryland area here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rvcrazyyesvr/NashvilleFlood We are staying at Two Rivers Campground and stayed dry, but just barely.

Posted by Jeremy Weatherford May 5, 10 01:15 PM
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Aaron...I'm not sure where you live, but here in Michigan we've been viewing and reading coverage about this since day one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have been effected by this tragedy.

Posted by Susan May 5, 10 01:21 PM
19.

Thank you for helping the rest of the world see what's going on here!

Posted by Christopher Joel May 5, 10 01:23 PM
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I'm thankful the word is finally getting about what we are experiencing here. Please keep us in your thoughts, and if you are able provide aid. The Redcross has set up their donation text number (REDCROSS to 90999), but here is an article that lists local organizations and charities that are already on the ground.
http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/2010-flood/list-how-help-flood-victims

Posted by Virginia May 5, 10 01:23 PM
21.

Spring is lovely time...
BG!!! :o)

Posted by michael May 5, 10 01:24 PM
22.

"May God help them"?!?

Ah, my old friend, irony! Well, with a strong community and a LOT of hard work Nashville will be back on its feet in no time... Good luck Tennessee! You're in our "thoughts"...

Posted by elvis May 5, 10 01:26 PM
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I live near downtown Nashville. These photos accurately represent the devastation we've experienced here. What is missing, however, is the feeling of amazement and terror as we watched the creeks and ravines rise and become torrential rapids swallowing roads, cars, yards, homes, hopes and dreams. Nor can any photo capture the sick feeling inside thousands of Tennesseans who lost everything and now wonder what to do next? As a member of this community who escaped damage, it is easier for me than some of my neighbors to say that we will all pull together to turn tragedy into something beautiful and positive. But in addition to massive truck loads of bottled water, shovels and pumps, Nashvillians will need daily recharges of hope and energy to do all the hard, dirty work we face. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers.

Posted by Pam Mark Hall May 5, 10 01:26 PM
24.

Instead of asking God to help, why don't you send money to the Red Cross, which will do actual good?

Posted by jrpowell May 5, 10 01:26 PM
25.

Wow nice to see a southern state getting attention from the press ... i know its not LA or New York but just of the hardest working, family driven, God Fearing, Country Loving , American Southern State .. we will survive this

Posted by Jason May 5, 10 01:37 PM
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It sickens me that people use a disaster such as this to attack people's beliefs. I'm one of the fortunate in Nashville and everyone affected by this catastrophe will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

Posted by joe May 5, 10 01:45 PM
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if you would like to help with the recovery process, please visit http://www.hon.org/donations/viewDonation.php. Hands On Nashville is at the forefront of the recovery.

Posted by Eli Beaird May 5, 10 01:47 PM
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Just to clarify, it hasn't rained since the evening of Sunday May 2, but there was so much water that the flooding continued for two days after.

Posted by Sam May 5, 10 01:49 PM
29.

These pictures are amazing, and as a Nashville resident and mother I cannot resist pointing out my shock when viewing photo #28. Why a mother would walk through contaminated, filthy, dangerous waters with a young child is beyond me. Why didn't she carry her or put her on her shoulders?? There are all kinds of chemicals and who knows what else in floodwaters. People should STAY OUT OF THEM for their safety. May God be with the people of Music City, my home.

Posted by Phyllis May 5, 10 02:06 PM
30.

I am saddened by all this destruction in the Nashville area. You are in my prayers today - may God Bless You!

Posted by Barb May 5, 10 02:08 PM
31.

Wow, pictures speak a million words!
Cheers for bring reality to us.

Posted by Harry B May 5, 10 02:14 PM
32.

damn nature, you scary!

Posted by bubba May 5, 10 02:19 PM
33.

Nashville received more than 25% of it's annual rainfall in 48 hours. Anywhere from 13" - 18" inches. Yearly rainfall is 48.01".

The cleanup will take weeks at least but the outpouring of neighborly volunteers is astonishing. http://www.section303.com/we-are-nashville-4366

Break's over. Time to get back to work.

Posted by Shana - Nashville native May 5, 10 02:24 PM
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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will handle all donations to assist in recovery. To donate, please give to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund of The Community Foundation:

http://www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/terf/

Posted by Amy McDaniel May 5, 10 02:32 PM
35.

These illustrate our situation very well. My apartment building was overtaken by the Cumberland but thankfully the water never rose into my unit. For days the only way in was by boat. I can't stay there now because the fumes and smell of the river, which is still feet below my floor, are so toxic .

I have only been inconvenienced but many friends of mine have lost their homes, cars, businesses, possessions, etc. You'd be hard pressed to find someone here that does not know another that has been severely effected.

Most did not have flood insurance because no one ever imagined some of these areas would flood. It is what it is. Unbelievable. Unimaginable.

I am proud to be a Nashvillian. We take care of our own regardless of national media coverage or lack of. We don't need Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, or other opportunists. We have each other.

Posted by Matt Mikulla May 5, 10 02:42 PM
36.

Having just lived through the floods in Rhode Island, I sympathize with those in Nashville. It's a tough thing to deal with. The clean-up is costly, and it's so depressing.

Posted by Tim P May 5, 10 02:59 PM
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Thank you so much for posting these. I am one of the lucky Nashvillians who suffered no damage. Most of us outside the flooded areas have not actually seen the damage. This is the best group of photos I have seen. We do appreciate everyone's prayers, and contributions to the organizations others have mentioned wouldn't hurt either.

Posted by Sara Binkley Tarpley May 5, 10 03:09 PM
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My prayers go out to all of you who have been inundated by this flood. Those of you reading these comments, please keep all of us living along the Gulf coast of Texas, Lousiana, Alabama, and Florida, in your prayers as well, as we await the tide carrying the oil slick to our homes and businesses.

Posted by Herb Karkheck, Seminole, FL May 5, 10 03:10 PM
39.

Great Pictures, keep up the good work. It is really sad what happened, let's keep them in our prayers and let's lend them a hand.

Posted by B.Sumner May 5, 10 03:11 PM
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relax, @jrpowell.

Posted by Anthony May 5, 10 03:13 PM
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~~~In Nashville and very grateful to be safe. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have suffered loss and continue to work at recovery. Tennesseeans are very resilient~~~

Posted by Lily28 May 5, 10 03:19 PM
42.

Thank you for these.

I am a Nashvillian in San Francisco, and it kills me that I cannot be there to aid my family and friends during this time.

So, thank you for helping me feel closer.

Posted by brittney gilbert May 5, 10 03:22 PM
43.

The pictures are beautiful!

The climate is changing. This is what happens if we won't stop abusing our planet. Earth is responding to our own behaviour.

Posted by Bert V. May 5, 10 03:27 PM
44.

thank you bubba (#32) for making me laugh

Posted by bubba is funny May 5, 10 03:32 PM
45.

hmmmm i wonder what country is going to help us....

Posted by casey May 5, 10 03:44 PM
46.

GOD LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by wayne carroll May 5, 10 03:49 PM
47.

I live in France and two months ago, a tidal wave swamped my
village, 51 dead, and nobody has talked about ... amazing!

Posted by Val May 5, 10 03:50 PM
48.

Looks sadly familiar. Expect a long time rebuilding.

Posted by Tom in Cedar Rapids May 5, 10 03:50 PM
49.

While there are plenty of areas that were hit vary hard, as the pictures show, there are also plenty of areas that were left without damage. Lucky for me I was left with no real damage. Being from St. Louis you could not get me to buy property with even a remote chance to flood! The biggest problem now is clean drinking water since one of the two water purification plants was flooded. But, Nashville is strong and will recover quickly.

Posted by Alexandra May 5, 10 03:58 PM
50.

May Mother Nature help them dry out as well! Lots of sun and prayers.

Posted by N. Murphy` May 5, 10 04:01 PM
51.

Check out these pics. And these the good ones. Its ugly out here my guy. All we can do is ....PRAY!

Posted by Roy JR May 5, 10 04:04 PM
52.

We are praying for all of those who have been affected by the tremendous flooding! Keep looking up...

Posted by Linda McGhee May 5, 10 04:24 PM
53.

My heart goes out to you all...

Posted by Chattanoogan May 5, 10 04:25 PM
54.

Wow. I live in Arkansas and had no idea the storms that recently ravaged our state did so much more damage to our eastern neighbors. The photos are sobering reminders of why we should have flood insurance. #42 is the one making me laugh if he's actually serious.

Posted by Joseph May 5, 10 04:28 PM
55.

Mr Anthony stop singing!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Christian Galdames May 5, 10 04:36 PM
56.

So sad to see such a great city devastated like this.

Posted by Paul May 5, 10 04:37 PM
57.

lets just hope that all these recent "disaster big pictures" aren't for good.

Posted by sam May 5, 10 04:38 PM
58.

These pictures are amazing, awful, overwhelming. I live in Nashville and had no power till late Sunday so didn't realize the enormity of this flood. Thanks to all the 'Tennessee volunteers' out there helping!!

Posted by Susie May 5, 10 04:52 PM
59.

One of the best pictorial depictions I've seen yet. Thank you so much for bringing Tennessee's flood into the national eye. All of Middle & West Tennessee needs help after the historic 500 yr flood. As of today (May 5), 6 counties have been declared disaster areas...49 others are on the list....Tennessee has 95 counties total...do the math. Shelters are at capacity, missing people are unaccounted for, many homes are under water, Nashville/Davidson County & many other surrounding areas are in a water conservation emergency, much of Nashville's economic base is threatened. Nashville and surrounding areas need help. Text 'REDCROSS' to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief. Also, for those inclined, please keep Tennesseans in your prayers & spread the word.

Posted by J Bates, Dickson County Tennessee May 5, 10 04:57 PM
60.

Thank you for posting the work of talented photojournalists-professionals using real cameras & equipment-not a cell phone image-
Pictures may be worth the billions Tennessee needs to help citizens recover & restore it's beautiful state after this terrible flood disaster.

Posted by Deb Garrett, CPP May 5, 10 04:57 PM
61.

Thank you so much. We need the rest of the country to realize what has happened. We are strong people and will survive but we are broken. The lack of national coverage until the bit we are getting now has really been hurtful.

You have done a wonderful job, showing the pictures of giving folks an idea of what is really going on here. We just felt we needed at least as much coverage as Jesse and Tiger...

Posted by Clark May 5, 10 04:58 PM
62.

My prayers are with all the people who have suffered in this flood. God bless you all.

Posted by Jackie May 5, 10 05:02 PM
63.

Wonder if the money will pour into Nashville for those residents like it did New Orleans for those residents after Katrina! It should!

Posted by Ann W. May 5, 10 05:15 PM
64.

So many earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, flooding everywhere... mother nature is angry at us (I wonder why!)! There's probably something even bigger brewing... watch out!

Posted by brian May 5, 10 05:15 PM
65.

After living through Hurricanes Rita and Ike I can say that I know how the people of Nashville feel. It is heart wrenching to see and understand the distruction that nature can cause. However, do not dwell on the distruction and hardships - look for the good to come. Good will always come after the storm. God will give you the strength to overcome the trials and challenges that await during a long recovery. Be patient and hold fast to family, friends and most of all God. Those are the permenant and important things in life; everything else can be replaced. Residents of Nashville and surrounding areas you are in the Gulf Coast's thoughts and prayers.

Many blessings for a quick recovery

Posted by K. Calloway May 5, 10 05:30 PM
66.

today is wednesday at 4 30 pm. so much work is happening here in nashville to "clean up this mess", a little mommy dearest quote, lol, and i see the waters of the cumberland river going down slowly but surely. we are a proud city and love our nashville.everyone if u wann help, come visit our city and others like it that have been hurt, the revenue is great and we will show all u folks a great time. i own a hair salon and it was flooded , at work for the last 2 days to clean and dry it out, thankfully not as bad as others i am greatfull. we gonna clean this mess up and have a party, but for now, their is a lot of rebuilding. please if u can help , donate even a dollar to the red cross or any other charity, when one of our brothers or sisters suffer, we all suffer.

Posted by shana michelle taylor May 5, 10 05:33 PM
67.

Thank you for posting these pictures as no other national media coverage, but that's okay because as Tennesseans, we have each other and that counts for more than enough! We were hit, but not as hard as others, so we help!

Posted by Jo Spears May 5, 10 05:34 PM
68.

Memphis and Millington as well as West Memphis, AR and other areas around Memphis were hit hard too. I noticed we were not represented here...

Posted by SomeMemphisDude May 5, 10 05:37 PM
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Por favor todos debemos reaccionar, el calentamiento global nos muestra estas consecuencias.
Estados Unidos es uno de los mayores responsables en el impacto ambiental y no demuestra compromiso al respecto.

Posted by Marcos May 5, 10 05:41 PM
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Father God thank You for protecting the lives of the people, I know some perished in this flood, and I pray before they did that they knew you Jesus as their person Savior, I ask you now Lord to touch each person there and cover them with You Love and give wisdom to all the rescue workers, and bring forth all supplies needed for them Jesus, I thank You, and Bless You, for You Lord are a Good God, and Loving Father.

Palms 23 and 91 for these people.

Posted by Jacqueline Roland May 5, 10 05:46 PM
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Where is the national media? This is catastropic!! Tens of thousands without jobs, homes, cars!! Nashville needs the attention and the help of the entire country.

Posted by Gail May 5, 10 05:46 PM
72.

Great Pictures. As a usually alert person, I was absolutely caught unaware of how quickly the water rose and got stuck on the interstate not far ahead of the house that floated away. Instead of staying penned in the traffic jam, I did a u-turn, drove on the shoulder in the opposite direction of the oncoming cars, and turned off and drove through mud and a construction site to get on an alternate (and higher) road. Made it to within 1 mile of home, ditched the car on higher ground and crossed the slowed interstate on foot.

Posted by Maura S. May 5, 10 06:03 PM
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Nashville, GSC is praying for you all. These are the signs that God is coming soon! Praise the Lord! We need Him now and always.

Posted by BEC May 5, 10 06:15 PM
74.

YES!!!!! PLEASE KEEP YOUR FAMILIES OUT OF THE WATER IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!!!! My son was stuck at a friends house in Bellevue, Tn (a very hard hit community) and after he finally made it home with his 2 friends, I washed the only clothes his friends had and the water was BLACK!!!! even after 3 washings, black was still coming out of thier clothes....I immediately sent them to get Tetenus shots or booster shots...these waters are not safe...they are filled with sewage, debris, and chemicals...Why don't people listen to the professionals..BUT I will say this.....Nashville has had NO looting or major crime during this event..that is why we have not gotten THAT much coverge...and the volunteers is unbelievable....way to go Volunteer State!!!!!!!!

Posted by Volunteer Girl in TN May 5, 10 07:26 PM
75.

Another great, iconic American city is flooded. Why is national coverage so minimal, I keep asking and posting? The New York Times thinks the "ethics of extraterrestrials" merits more front-page coverage than this. Thank you, Boston Globe, for doing the right thing while your dark masters do not. (And for those who reflexively paint all the South with one broad "red" brush, Nashville is a "blue", Democratic town. Just saying.)

Posted by Mark Hanser May 5, 10 07:46 PM
76.

These pictures pull up horrible memories of the floods in Cedar Rapids and NE Iowa. I hope the clean-up goes faster for you than us.

Posted by NE Iowa Resident May 5, 10 07:47 PM
77.

What many abroad don't realize is that our community - the very essence of what Nashville and Tennessee are - has been strengthened by this disaster. Will Rogers once said that a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet, and this is proof. I was back home over the weekend in Nashville and Murfreesboro and witnessed the rains. I visiting family in Clarksville on Saturday, and I would have been stranded in downtown Nashville had I not left when I did.

I drove back to D.C. (where I live now) on Sunday, but I wish I could have stayed to help with the clean up. The pictures of dozens of community members sandbagging the other night was particularly touching.

For those who can't be in Nashville to help with the clean up, you can text "redcross" to 90999 to donate $10 to the efforts. It's going to cost billions for us to recover, and every little bit helps. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts.

Posted by Matthew Hurtt May 5, 10 07:52 PM
78.

#12 - Is Jack Bauer on the scene?

Posted by Eric May 5, 10 08:07 PM
79.

National media? An English friend saw it on CNN Sunday. It's been on NBC nightly news Monday and Tuesday. The LA Times has run some big articles with photos according to my LA friends. I don't think we're being ignored. National news magazines were already in print.

Idiots abound - that mother walking with her kid through the muck; people washing cars instead of conserving water, but thousands of volunteers have signed up with Hands on Nashville to help out.

Glad I no longer work downtown!

Posted by Dianna May 5, 10 08:33 PM
80.

I cannot imagine being in such a situation! I can only guess that all these people are hurting ,and yet so grateful to be alive. Wow- god bless the people of Nashville!

Posted by joyceD May 5, 10 08:42 PM
81.

Where there is devastation...there are the TRUE volunteers of Tennessee doing whatever is needed to help those who have suffered such loss. That is what we are known for, coming together in times of crisis, giviing others the shirts off our backs, risking our own lives to help our neighbors.

Please continue to pray for those who have lost their homes and belongings. But, above all, pray for those who have lost family, friends, and/or pets.

We will recover - I love my Nashville.

Posted by Vicki Gore May 5, 10 08:48 PM
82.

this pictures taking very good.then nature is giving more pains to peoples...bcoz peoples giving more pains to nature that why..

Posted by Narendra May 5, 10 08:59 PM
83.

"And for those who reflexively paint all the South with one broad "red" brush, Nashville is a "blue", Democratic town. Just saying."

Not true at all. There are probably 1.5 million in the area and it is split right down the middle. Historic East Nashville may be "blue" but that's about the only area around here with a bunch of liberals concentrated in one location.

Posted by George Clooney May 5, 10 09:05 PM
84.

Nashville is my favorite city in the world. These pictures broke my heart.

Posted by Ezra May 5, 10 09:16 PM
85.

God, please help us all. Nashville will recover we have to believe that. Everybody needs to go out and help somebody who needs a helping hand,you never know, you may be the one who needs a helping hand someday!

Posted by Cindy Wilkes May 5, 10 09:37 PM
86.

ANY BODY KNOW HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THIS.......I WANA GO THERE TRY TO HELP!!1

Posted by TENG WANG May 5, 10 09:52 PM
87.

I have never been more proud to be called a Tennessean. It has been amazing watching neighbor helping neighbor. People have not hesitated to help one another as they see the need. I personally am thankful for the leadership our mayors and governor have shown in the midst of this crisis as well as the cool, calm, dedicated spirit of all our residents and emergency workers. No looting, no crime -- just neighbor helping neighbor. I guess that does not make the best headlines for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. Sorry we couldn't drum up something more horrific to gain their attention. Let's see them a do a story on how a group of communities should meet such a cirsis

Posted by Sand May 5, 10 09:57 PM
88.

Its eerie how many pictures here are similar to the Boston floods last month. Railroads washed out, planes underwater, underwater malls, cowboy serenading submereged cars. Well, maybe the last one is distictly Nashville. Kudos to the Stanley Steemer guys who went down there. Surely they'll get some time off by September.

Posted by movingtarget May 5, 10 10:06 PM
89.

The devistation that these pictures show is heartbreaking. I have lived in Nashville Tennessee all my life and I love it here.

Posted by Mitzy May 5, 10 10:21 PM
90.

This is my home state, I live in West Tennessee and our small town experienced flooding but nothing like Nashville (in fact my husband almost drowned try to move his vehicle to safety). We had one death here in our county due to the flooding. It truly breaks my heart. Nashville is where we go if we want to go the "big city". So many landmarks are under water. My prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones, homes, property and businesses.

Posted by Donna Freeman May 5, 10 10:26 PM
91.

These photos really tell the story. My prayers are with you all in Nashville. I love your beautiful City.

Posted by Kim May 5, 10 10:26 PM
92.

Go on up the Cumberland River into Clarksville, Tn. and you will see the same picture. Water is everywhere in our city! How it hurts my heart to see. God is speaking to us! He is in control!!

Posted by Brenda May 5, 10 10:31 PM
93.

I live in West Tennessee and our small town experienced flooding, but nothing like Nashville (in fact my husband almost drowned trying to move his vehicle to safety). We had one death here in our county due to the flooding. Seeing these pictures of the devastation in Nashville breaks my heart. Nashville is where we go if we want to go to the "big city". There are so many landmarks flooded. My prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses.

Posted by Anonymous May 5, 10 10:33 PM
94.

It's important to note that Nashville wasn't the only area hard hit. Surrounding counties and towns were devastated as well. In Clarksville (about 45 miles north of Nashville) the Cumberland crested at roughly 62 ft. (ten feet HIGHER than it did in Nashville). It's bad all over middle TN.

Posted by Anon. May 5, 10 11:15 PM
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Thank you ALL for your concern and prayers. As a native Nashvillian and a founding family, I continue to be amazed at how we care for our own and rally in time of crisis. From the Governor to the "average Joe", we are in this together, and we will recover! THEY DON'T CALL US THE VOLUNTEER STATE FOR NOTHIN'!!!!!!!

Posted by S.Kay May 5, 10 11:21 PM
96.

I want to point out, as you look through the pictures, you'll see the communities of Jackson and Millington mentioned. Millington is just north of Memphis, and Jackson is an hour east of Memphis, probably close to three hours west of Nashville. So those areas are represented, although not as much as Nashville, which had the brunt of the flooding.

Posted by Jeb May 5, 10 11:28 PM
97.

I wonder, in situations like this are there looters going into these big malls like in #9?

Posted by Ernesto Tantao May 5, 10 11:49 PM
98.

Nashville you have my heart and prayers!!! Stay strong!!! Hugs!

Posted by Treda May 5, 10 11:56 PM
99.

:*( Heartbroken for so many around us.

Posted by Ande C in Tennessee May 6, 10 12:09 AM
100.

I am a native Nashvillian, and appreciate this very representative collection of photographs. The flooding has been truly mind-boggling, and, it is ongoing. There are still entire communities underwater.
To those of you who have offered your support, thank you so much for your kindness. To those of you who can only mock and criticize the faith of others, just wait until this or something similar happens to you and your community, and I guarantee that you will mock no more. The efforts of our city and state leaders, their calm, collected and reassuring communication with the people of Tennessee, is praiseworthy. I hadn't even thought about the lack or not of national coverage--to me, that's not what is important right now.
To those of you in the Gulf, believe me, I for one am watching the situation daily, and my heart aches for what may be to come.

Posted by Barbara May 6, 10 12:17 AM
101.

Gee,,,,isn't this about the time Pat Robertson crawls out from under his rock and tells everyone who and what God is mad at now?

Posted by DW May 6, 10 12:24 AM
102.

Awsome photos !!

Posted by Miguel Anders May 6, 10 12:51 AM
103.

Thank you sooo much for posting these pictures. I live in Nashville and can't even begin to complain about my problems from the flood cause I know so many people that lost everything! After seeing these photos, I am literally crying for the first time!

Posted by CMarlow May 6, 10 01:18 AM
104.

Umm...yes, Nashville HAS had looting. Sorry to say.

Posted by Angela May 6, 10 01:33 AM
105.

Nashville resident for 25 years. Quietly helping neighbors clean up. Disturbed that so many comments are simply political jabs and opinions that show up in ANY story about ANYTHING. Please don't exploit our disaster to air your stupid opinions. Just pray for us and lend a hand if you can. On the other hand, thanks for the comforting and encouraging comments that are here as well. Means a lot to us. Sorry, just sick of people using every opportunity to spout their agendas, while REAL work needs to be done.

Posted by Chris May 6, 10 01:36 AM
106.

I don't live in TN, but there was a time when I visited Nashville so much it felt like my home away from home, a place very close to my heart. And my heart is breaking for y'all who are being effected by this flooding right now... I am putting together a care package for a friend who was hit hard, but I am also praying for help for everyone else.

Why would anyone 'dis' someone for asking God for help? God is capable of more than you can imagine, more than you or any organization can accomplish... He is the provider of all.

Posted by DeeDee May 6, 10 01:37 AM
107.

This is so tragic - like so many things that are happening in our planet lately. My prayers are with all those in Nashville, god bless them and give them strength.

Posted by JustJo May 6, 10 01:38 AM
108.

@Susan - I'm a but of a news nut and I've barely hear anything about this. I actually completely forgot about it until this Big Picture post.

Posted by Paul May 6, 10 01:55 AM
109.

This has been going on since Saturday and just today we started recieving national media attention. We were also just approved for federal aid & FEMA just arrived today also. Nashville has honestly felt like the rest of the country forgot us. People & celebrities always help other countries but only a few celebrities have reached out to us. We feel helpless. People are homeless, jobless, wet, and hungry. Please donate to the Red Cross. Text RED CROSS to 90999. Thank you!

Posted by Gigi May 6, 10 02:12 AM
110.

Thank you for posting these and letting people know what has really happened here. Maybe through these photos they will get at least an inkling of the devastation that has occurred in Nashville and the surrounding areas. This is my home. Many of these pictures show places i frequent or at least see on a daily basis. They are the homes and workplaces of my friends and loved ones. Thank you also, for showing your readers that this story and Nashville are worthy and deserving of attention.

Posted by Amanda T. May 6, 10 03:15 AM
111.

My prayers are with you all. So sad. Thanks for sharing these pictures. They were took very well. It let the rest of us see what it really looks like . Yes I think God is speaking to us all. It is so hard to believe the water went that far up on land and the roads I am just speakless. My heart hurt for you all.But it is scarey thinking about the people and kids walking in that water. Just not knowing what all is in there and where and what they might step in.

Posted by Debbie May 6, 10 03:48 AM
112.

Loved the message on #23 - Free Custom Cabinets :-)

Posted by Guruprasad May 6, 10 03:59 AM
113.

May GOD providde them with the help they ask HIM,this is so un comforting to experience,I feel so sorry for them.May the good lord be with them.

Posted by wasswa baker May 6, 10 04:00 AM
114.

I live in Ky, it was the most rainfall we have received in a single event in 200 years. I did not suffer any damage but many in my area did. We are very close to Nashville, my heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this flood.

Posted by Apryl May 6, 10 04:14 AM
115.

Will they fly away that aeroplanes at the next flood?
Or they will buy floating aeroplanes?

Posted by Aleksey May 6, 10 07:09 AM
116.

God Bless America

Posted by With Love from India May 6, 10 07:57 AM
117.

My heart goes out to them, I wish them luck.

Posted by Kelcie Fensty May 6, 10 08:29 AM
118.

Does it matter if Nashville is a red or blue city? Does that make us somehow less deserving of help?

What a disgusting comment.

I know Obama visited Rhode Island after their flooding and has yet to even publicly mention Tennessee (save for a brief "shout out" on twitter)... but I didn't realize the rest of the country was that concerned the demographics of the victims.

Posted by Susan May 6, 10 09:26 AM
119.

it's in times like these that all the god bless and I'm praying really begin to kill me. the new testament god didn't do this type of stuff - so maybe it is time to admit it's just a good book with lots of good advice on how to live your life but it's not real....

People need food, water, clothes, diapers: real things - not your prayers. God obviously doesn't care if you are American or from anywhere else...

Posted by JC May 6, 10 10:03 AM
120.

god bless america

Posted by anthony May 6, 10 10:08 AM
121.

This makes are floods in Mass. look like nothing, FEMA has been camped out in our library for over a month. I hope they are helping these poor people out. Storms are getting more severe as prescribed by global warming theories.

Posted by bruce May 6, 10 10:13 AM
122.

I just moved back to Ks from nashville 3 months ago. My heart is heavy for the lives lost and the devastation that people are going thru. Nashville is a strong city and will rebuild with grace. I pray everyday for strength for the residents there. I wish I were closer to help clean and rebuild. Good things are to come!

Posted by Sara McClure May 6, 10 10:40 AM
123.

#101: I wonder...Robertson certainly was willing to come and place blame after 9/11 and the Haiti earthquake. So who are Satan's agents in Nashville? The major labels?

And for all those bandying God's name about: Consider the fact that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." So maybe He had something to do with this? My money's on the Goddess, personally. We spend so much time polluting Her flesh (the Earth) and blood (the waters), She's bound to take a little corrective action against us. That said, my sympathies and prayers are with the people of Tennessee. I hope that you all can clean up and rebuild successfully.

Posted by redwolf68 May 6, 10 10:46 AM
124.

I was just out there visiting my family last year. I remember thinking how nice downtown Nashville is. So sad to see the city underwater and sad for all the people personally affected. Thankfully mine has fared ok.

Posted by Adrienne May 6, 10 11:18 AM
125.

Our sympathy to all suffering the floods. We feel your pain. We had ours last year in Cumbria England ( the old county of Cumberland ) May you recover quickly.

Posted by Syd & june Burns May 6, 10 11:19 AM
126.

my god this is terrible, my only brother lives there , i thank god he and his family are safe for now , its time the president took care of his own people instead of poking his nose into other countries buisiness...!!!

Posted by k. saunders. May 6, 10 11:26 AM
127.

i know with all the historical landmarks and businesses in downtown nashville, it is going to get more coverage and recognition. but let's PLEASE not forget about our neighbors to the north... clarksville.

riverside drive was completely wiped out and it was lined with mom n pop businesses. my heart goes out to them as they don't have the corporate backing to rebuild and some have invested their entire lives in something that is now underwater.

not saying one side of the coin is more tragic than the other... i just hope they are not lost in the shuffle.

Posted by amy May 6, 10 11:35 AM
128.

i think that looks horrible for me.i love rain and water but this is to much.People lost their houses,cars,even familys,this is crazy.I need to thank god for saving people of the floding and even savin me.

Posted by franco payan arrieta May 6, 10 11:36 AM
129.

Re: comment 30
Careful, god already blessed them with 13 inches of rain. He's done his part. They may not want you asking for more blessings.

Posted by james May 6, 10 11:38 AM
130.

Just for perspective-- contributions for Nashville to recover are less than a penny on the dollar vs. what was done for Haiti. Come on America, this is YOUR sister city. We need you. Help at www.cfmt.org or www.hon.org or red cross.

Posted by Johnny Cash May 6, 10 11:40 AM
131.

While everyone's prayers & well-wishes are nice (and believe me, we need 'em both), I can't help but be reminded of James 2:15-16:

"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?"

So yes, we very much appreciate your prayers and your kind words, but why not accompany them with a donation to Hands On Nashville (http://www.hon.org) or The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (http://www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/) or our local Red Cross (http://www.middletennredcross.org)? There are dozens of other organizations and churches in the are that are taking donations as well, both monetary and otherwise...a quick Google search will return a long list. Better still, lend us your time & energy and come help us clean up or distribute supplies or any one of a number of other things...Hands On Nashville is maintaining a pretty comprehensive calendar of volunteer needs & opportunities.

We Are Nashville (and Middle Tennessee!), and we're doing our best to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps...but it'd sure be nice to have a hand or two to help us!

Posted by Jeremy May 6, 10 11:48 AM
132.

i just hope that everyone, with this kind of events, start believing that global warming is a fact and its really happening, with little actions, we can make a difference.

Posted by intoa May 6, 10 11:53 AM
133.

Que d'eau, que d'eau !

Posted by Alizé May 6, 10 12:15 PM
134.

Heart wrenching scenes...my heart and prayers goes out to Nashvillians. I am so sorry for the lost of precious lives, the lost of homes and vehicles...but I must say, it is so uplifting to hear of people helping one another and forging on trying to get back to the normality of their lives. God Bless, and God Speed your recovery from this disaster.

Posted by Anonymous May 6, 10 12:16 PM
135.

This happens all the time. This is not unusual weather. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Global Warming/Climate Change is not happening. I repeat, there is nothing to see here, please move along.

Posted by BP Oil May 6, 10 12:18 PM
136.

Devastating floording! My prayers go out to everyone affected.

Posted by Sherre Lacy-Hayes May 6, 10 12:19 PM
137.

Sadly - many more storms to come. This is just the beginning of the thunderstorm/tornado season.

Posted by Pat May 6, 10 12:21 PM
138.

My son in law Daniel Burnell, plucked a precious 4 year old little girl and her partially paralyzed aunt from an attic during the rising flood waters after the rain had stopped for an entire day. Perhaps this flood will change the way neighbors look at each other? To some, they have become more human. More vulnerable. More "necessary". For my son in law, a Youth Minister in the Church of Christ, it's just his nature to be out looking for opportunities to help people. To "do" for others. Which is how he found Kenzie, the little girl. Who, incidentally, told him on the ride to the shelter, "It's ok, you don't have to worry about me now. I'll be fine!"

So. Will you step up now and "do" something? Anything. It doesn't matter what, and you don't have to know someone personally. Donate a case of water or some disposable diapers to a family. Give an hour of time to help a flood victim rip out wet insulation or rake up their yard. Give two bucks to the Red Cross. Seriously, anything will help. Don't just sit there.... "do".

Posted by Tina Devereaux May 6, 10 12:22 PM
139.

Today is National Day of Prayer - Pray for Nashville, Pray for America. Too little attention given to where the real need is. God is our refuge and strength. A present help in trouble. Tennessee, May you feel His empowering today!

Posted by Becky May 6, 10 12:31 PM
140.

Heartbreaking pics. May the years to come be your happiest and most prosperous.

Posted by Alpha May 6, 10 12:31 PM
141.

"Just for perspective-- contributions for Nashville to recover are less than a penny on the dollar vs. what was done for Haiti."

24 dead in TN vs. 220,000 dead in Haiti.

These pictures are terrible, and flood is a SOB of a thing to clean up after, but first-world TN is no comparison to third-world Haiti.

They'll be fine in the long run. They've got well-run local, state and national governments, as well as strong church and other charitable organizations to work with. There'll be cursing and tears aplenty, but TN will come back fine in a relatively short time. You can't say that for Haiti.

So much whining here. It's pathetic. It's been all over the news, it's featured in a Boston newspaper, it's come up on various blogs I read. No one's ignoring you. You'll get the help you need.

Posted by Ridley May 6, 10 12:43 PM
142.

I am here. Here in Nashville. I have lived through this. I am very fortunate. Until now, until I've seen this collection of compelling images--I was without power for two days--I did not cry. Tears only came to the surface and stopped. Today. Just now. My tears are released. And it means a hell of a lot that this is being shared in Boston. We feel neglected by the national media. Here's my personal take: http://leisahammett.typepad.com/the_journey_with_grace/2010/05/bobbing-up-for-air-in-nashville.html

Posted by Leisa Hammett May 6, 10 01:08 PM
143.

God Answers Prayers. I know. Please don't that!!

Posted by Dennis Midgett May 6, 10 01:25 PM
144.

I feel very sorry for all the families who lost their love ones and special belongings in the flood. I will be praying for everyone of those families.

Posted by Jessica May 6, 10 01:30 PM
145.

To #83: Nashville is a BLUE city as evidenced by our political elections, but it doesn't matter, we all work together. As a liberal myself, I can tell you that I live in Green Hills and work in Belle Meade, along with plenty of other blue dots. To say they're only concentrated in East Nashville is not true.

I also don't see how that has anything to do with the flooding...

Thank you, Boston Globe, for shedding light on this devastation. Nashville truly appreciates the love and support we are getting.

Posted by Bleeding Heart May 6, 10 01:34 PM
146.

LOS SENCILLO PROBLEMAS DE LOS GRINGOS SON POR LA NATURALEZ, ELLOS CREEN QUE NO SON RESPONSABLES DE MUERTES O COSAS ASI, POBRECITOOOOOOS...ASI COMO MUESTRAN LA MISERIA DE LOS OTROS PAISES Y LA SANGRE DE PERSONAS INOCENTES DE ORIENTE Y LATINOAMERICA, DBERIAN MOSTRAR A SUS MUERTOS VIOLENTOS QUE DE SEGURO SON MUCHOS, EN LO COLEGIOS, EN LAS UNIVERSIDADES EN LAS CASAS, EN LAS CARCELES, LO QUE AQUI MUESTRAN UN CARRO INUNDADO DE AGUA.... NO QUE TERRRRIBLE..... DE OTROS PAISES MUESTRAN LOS CARROS ININDADOS DE SANGRE....PERIODISTAS MEDIOCRES,

Posted by JAIMITO@YAHOO.COM May 6, 10 02:07 PM
147.

Kristi Hellerman walking her daughter through the dirty water is pretty dumb if you ask me. Nastiness and just plain negligent. Glad to see she's in Jackson, TN and not here!

Glad to hear that Nashville is cleaning up! I love my home :)

Posted by Beth May 6, 10 02:11 PM
148.

Wow.... some of these comments hurt my heart. I am so thankful that I am not the owner of such a hardened heart.

Posted by alliej May 6, 10 02:23 PM
149.

God Bless and good luck to all the people effected by the flood waters

Posted by Richard May 6, 10 02:23 PM
150.

Thank you for bringing awareness to our area as help is greatly needed! Most of these folks didn't have flood insurance as they were not in the "100 year flood plain" therefore insurance companies would not even sell it to them, as I understand. The devastation in the Nashville area, alone, has been estimated at 1 Billion dollars. There were many more counties that have been devastated as well that have not been declared disaster areas, as of yet.

Please check out http://www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/ for donations or you can text 90999 Red Cross to donate.

Thank you again for your concern!

Posted by Karrie May 6, 10 02:33 PM
151.

#34 is awesome!!!

Posted by sirjustice May 6, 10 02:36 PM
152.

Hope everything gonna be fine soon.GOD help please.

Posted by Nitin May 6, 10 02:46 PM
153.

This is such an eye opener to those not there & I want to know why there hasnt been more coverage around the world when clearly Help is needed!!
Its heart breaking to see how much has been affected & lifes have been lost...what the hell is wrong with the media!!
Love n bestwishes to everyone involved x

Posted by Tania benford-Brown May 6, 10 03:01 PM
154.

Albeit took a few days for this shattering news to become known in Australia....I am saddened to read/see and hear of the massive devastation!

Being a Country Music fan, with close relatives in America (Seattle) I spent 10 of the happiest days of my life, in Nashville, in 2003.
The spirit of your people, will see you through this and from all your friends in Australia - I sent Love to you all. Without word from my relatives, regarding this disaster, I would never have learnt of your plight. Shame that Aussie newscasters don't seem to think Nashville rates a mention. I'm here to tell you, it does! - Susie (Mansfield, Victoria, Australia)

Posted by Susie Gamble. May 6, 10 03:07 PM
155.

I'm a Nashvillian living in Annapolis, Md. Maybe, just maybe, IF some national news station had made mention of the disaster unfolding in my beloved home town, the nation might have taken notice a little sooner. As it is, three minutes twice a day is pathetic! The only people taking notice and showing any concern, are the ones on the weather channel. It just breaks my heart to look at the pictures above! I'm so sad. I can't come home just yet to help (layed up from surgery). My 93 year young (living alone) mom, is being helped out with her loss of just about everything by my sister, her family, and some of my daughter's alumni U.T. friends. They're working around the clock, as are all other people around the city, to strip their homes of the mess they're now left with! I love my birth town and know the strength of it's people. They'll survive and rebuild!

Posted by Lindy May 6, 10 03:16 PM
156.

As a victim of flooding, this is really heartbraking for me.

Posted by Rizky May 6, 10 03:21 PM
157.

I LIVE HERE IN NASHVILLE, AND THE PICS ARE ONLY A FRACTION OF WHAT THIS HAS CAUSED, MANY MANY PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS AND TOOK THE LIVES OF SOME OF OUR LOVED ONES

Posted by JIMMY May 6, 10 03:30 PM
158.

Odd - this video http://www.wsmv.com/video/23453875/index.html shows picture #31 story but with a totally different car in a different place (a Honda on that video) - I wonder which story is right?

Posted by Heather May 6, 10 03:54 PM
159.

I was just in Nashville and all over Tennessee exactly 1 month before the rains. In fact, #23's "custom kitchen cabinets" are from the kitchen of the the friend I stayed with . I just want to say I never met such warm and wonderful people and my heart aches for them all. I, for one, will be back in Tennessee asap to help as best I can.

Posted by Shawna May 6, 10 03:58 PM
160.

May God Bless You All.

Posted by John Owens May 6, 10 04:00 PM
161.

Nashville Flood Pics Unbelievable!!

Posted by paul pulliam May 6, 10 04:09 PM
162.

I cannot imagine being in such a situation like this. God Bless All of you the whole state of Tennessee.Were is ABC, NBC, CBS , FOX and FEMA? Ok Mr. President Amercian need you now.Our goverment needs to help these people. praying for all of you.

Posted by Coleman & L.V. Hatfield May 6, 10 04:45 PM
163.

The name of Nashville sounds like a myth to me. From here in Paris, France, this city is one of the graals for all musicians, and specially for me. I am sorry for all of of you. There is not much I can do, but send you my support from the other side of the ocean.
Big hughs from a musician in France.

Posted by yves May 6, 10 04:50 PM
164.

wow.

Posted by Anonymous May 6, 10 05:30 PM
165.

any catastrophe is tragic. there will be plenty more. mother earth is fixing herself. religion is a crutch. may you find strength in community and rebuild. peace.

Posted by earthling May 6, 10 05:44 PM
166.

It is so sad to see homes lost, beautiful architecture destroyed, streats and highways washed away, parks, churches, industry, hospitals, schools, highways, all gone...and the rest of the country had no idea what was happening here in Tennessee....Tennessee the great Volunteer State...where everyone is always willing to lend that helping hand...Tennessee, beautiful Tennessee...why was this totally ignored by news media outside of our immediate area...are we invisible or has everyone become completely oblivious to others? We hurt, we bleed, and yes we grieve....there have been many deaths...but we will survive to become even better and stronger than before....

Posted by Barbara Biggers May 6, 10 05:50 PM
167.

That is just terrible.
I can't even believe that happened.
I grew up in Murfreesboro, and nothing like this has ever happened before.
I hope everyone there gets there stuff back and they are safe and i hope they will be okay.

Posted by Allison May 6, 10 05:57 PM
168.

Thank you, boston.com for bringing all this devastation to a wider audience. We're certainly not the center of the universe, but it does seem that this story has been hidden from most folks nationally for whatever reason. We're seeing some of the best of people in the worst of situations, however. Folks here are living up to the TN name...the "Volunteer State."

Posted by Fred Heumann May 6, 10 05:59 PM
169.

If there were looters at the mall in pic #9...jokes on them! There are pirahnas loose in there! The Aquarium Restaurant's fish all got loose. All tropical fish died...except for the pirahnas. They can live in fresh water. Anyone wanna help clean up the Opry Mills mall?

Posted by Michelle May 6, 10 06:12 PM
170.

Thank you Boston for letting people know about this catastrophic event that has taken place here. I live in Montgomery County, TN, about an hour north of Nashville, and we are also flooded. All these pictures are heartbreaking, but Tennesseans are resilient and will get through this. Kudos to you for bringing attention to us, as we have largely been ignored and forgotten by other media outlets. Thanks also to all the well wishes from your readers, they are appreciated!

Posted by Lynn May 6, 10 06:19 PM
171.

God bless all of these people, You are in my prayers and God be with you And God Bless Amercian.

Posted by Portia Cress May 6, 10 06:53 PM
172.

If your complaining about the after affects...thinks about those who are making funeral arrangements, those who do not have a home, a car, a loved one....put it in perspective! Those who do not believe in the flood of Moses..think about it now! I praise the Lord for his Lordship...I believe in His power and praying for you all

Posted by sheila May 6, 10 07:00 PM
173.

It is still so difficult to comprehend how this all happend. I am a fortunate flood victim. I had a small leak in my bedroom and the creek located just 12 ft behind my house rose to heights I had never seen before. All I could do for hours on Sat night was stand and stare out the window while the rest of my family slept peacefully.
For some of the comments that are left here, I must say who are any of us to judge how one person handles this traumatic event vs another. How does one truly know how they would handle this situation until they have lived thru it themselves?

Posted by Shawnda DeStefano May 6, 10 07:03 PM
174.

We had bad flooding in Jackson, TN also, but since Sunday, I have not seen any coverage of this devastation in Nashville on our local news stations. I'm sure there has been mention of it, but it is certainly not getting the attention it deserves. It almost seems that since our flooding has gone down, everything must be fine everywhere else, too. I am thankful for articles like this that show us--even those close by--what is happening. You may not believe in God, but it is obvious from such an event as this that there is something higher and more powerful than us that is in control. May He be with the victims of this tragedy.

Posted by Kristen May 6, 10 07:08 PM
175.

What says more about the city than anything the photo's show is what they don't show - no one walking out of a flooded store with a big screen TV on their shoulder, no one trashing the temporary shelters, no one whining that the government needs to save them, etc, etc.

Posted by John May 6, 10 07:19 PM
176.

I live in Jackson, TN. While my heart goes out to Nashville, there is just as much down damage here in West TN. My father has a 35 foot sink hole in his yard. A few hundred yards up the street from his home is a street with no under support on one side. A few blocks over from his home is entire portion of a street swallowed by a sink hole that is one of the major thoroughfares to the medical center. I took long breaths when I saw all the churches, homes, businessesses, and vehicles lost to the flooding. Yes, I agree with Kirsten. God is in control and may He be with all the victims everywhere the floods and tornadoes have ravaged. Now I know exactly what the Katrina victims felt a few years ago. God bless us all.

Posted by Gloria May 6, 10 07:35 PM
177.

I live in a small town west of Nashville and I think the rain and floods affected everyone. For all the damage we received, it pales in the plight of Nashville. I have looked at those pictures over and over again it so hard to wrap my mind around something so devastating. It mirror`s Katrina. So my question is where is all the national guards, doctors voluteering their time to help the ones in destressed, hurt and you know that the muddy water is contaminated. People need tetnus shots. This is just my opinion, but I am sure there are other people out there that feel the same way.I would be there to help with anything, but my heart will not allow me to. But i`m with you in spirit and may all my prayers be heard for all of you that are in need, If you can think of anything that I can do,like passing out food, water or helping in the shelters. I had surgery on my back in 2003 and it`s left me with nerve damage so I am limited as what I can help with as far as picking up trash, but I would like to help in any other way,Please just e-mail me, God bless everyone that is showing what the "Volunteer" state was named for, I`m proud to be an American and I hold all that are there volunteering there time in the highest of appreciation. God bless you all.

toBeverly

Posted by Beverly Little May 6, 10 08:00 PM
178.

THANK YOU for bringing attention to this. The people of Nashville need our help and nobody here in New York even knows that it happened.

Posted by Anonymous May 6, 10 08:04 PM
179.

Thank you, Boston Globe for covering our city's devastation. I appreciate your coverage of my hometown. It has been heartbreaking, but Nashville will survive and thrive over time. Once again, thank you.

Posted by Clarice Jones Tate May 6, 10 08:07 PM
180.

I was just there last week and stayed at the Gaylord Opryland next to the mall, shown in picture #9. I left on Friday though to return home to Tampa, FL. Nashville is a beautiful city and it is truly a shame to see the city in this shape.
It is really sad to see all the negative comments that bring up politics and media attention. It doesn't matter if it's a republican or democrat city or state, and I heard about the flood on Sunday, and have seen stories every day since, so the media is aware of this and is displaying updates.
I hope ALL effected areas get the help they need and I pray for them.

Posted by Bryant F. May 6, 10 08:31 PM
181.

Thank you Boston.com for bringing us such insightful pictures of the flooding in Nashville. I grew up in Nashville, and miss living there to this day. It's a wonderful town and my heart is breaking for the flood victims. I am completely puzzled as to why the major news agencies haven't had much television coverage. God Bless everyone in Tennessee who has suffered from this terrible flood.

Posted by Dena Johnston May 6, 10 09:00 PM
182.

You are all in my prayers may God bless you all.

Posted by Anonymous May 6, 10 09:00 PM
183.

No looting in Nashville. Perhaps a petty crime or two. No insanity, however.

Posted by Vince Gill's Better Half May 6, 10 09:20 PM
184.

I live in Manchester UK now but have family that live in Dyersburg, TN (2 hours North of Memphis. I flew in today and there is much devastation in that small town as well. The Western part of the state as well as the middle part are in ruins. My thoughts go out to everyone that has been effected.

Posted by Rick May 6, 10 09:30 PM
185.

Thank you Boston. com for posting this article and pictures of the recent flood in West Tennessee. I hope this opens eyes and gets help here faster. Nashville is a beautiful city and I would like to see some assistance, to help restore the city, get there FAST!!! I live in Jackson, TN and have seen what damage was done here, yet assistance is slow to come. I heard on the radio that "Tennessee MAY get the funds needed to repair the roads." Well, I hope we do since roads have parts missing and are not safe anymore. Thanks again Boston.com and my thoughts and prayers are with the families/communities that were effected by the recent flood.

Posted by Jennifer May 6, 10 09:42 PM
186.

Just to let people know, it was reported that there were about 40 to 50 reports of looting. We don''t know how many of those came from people reporting the same situation or just people trying to help. Two arrests were made. Percentage-wise it is minuscule. Not much looting going on, just a lot of people helping out each other. We know how to behave. We are Nashville!

Posted by Patrick May 6, 10 09:51 PM
187.

I had no idea until I seen these pictures. I feel sad and helpless to help.
Just be Americans, and help each other!!
Take care of family first, neighbors next.
God Bless you all in days to come...........
dl

Posted by Anonymous May 6, 10 10:23 PM
188.

Seeing these photos brings back many memories from Hurricane Katrina. I know exactly how those who were flooded feel. You think this will never happen to you and before you know it you are emptying damaged things from your home. More things may be able to be salvaged since everyone could get back to there homes more quickly than we could. It was 28 days before we could get back to our homes in St. Bernard Parish. My feeflings go out to all involved in this tragedy. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Anna Blanchard May 6, 10 10:29 PM
189.

"More than 13 inches of rain fell over two days, more than doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches."

What a massive wake-up call that was!  This was an "act of God" that was amplified by humans recklessly dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  It's time to drastically reduce our burning of fossil fuels (unless you selfishly don't care about the kind of world we leave for future generations).  So get off your butt and get out of your car.  And put the heat on politicians who shirk their duty to lead.

Posted by substanti8 May 6, 10 11:39 PM
190.

i didnt write this, but it does help explain what alot of us nashvillians are thinking but are to busy doing something productive to say.

Allow me a moment to step away from the usual voice of this website.

What I am about to write has absolutely nothing to do with hockey.

If you live outside of Nashville, you may not be aware, but our city was hit by a 500-year flood over the last few days. The national news coverage gave us 15 minutes, but went back to focusing on a failed car bomb and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While both are clearly important stories, was that any reason to ignore our story? It may not be as terror-sexy as a failed car bomb or as eco-sexy as an oil spill, but that’s no reason to be ignored.

The Cumberland River crested at its highest level in over 80 years. Nashville had its highest rainfall totals since records began. People drowned. Billions of dollars in damage occurred. It is the single largest disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. And yet…no one knows about it.

Does it really matter? Eventually, it will…as I mentioned, there are billions of dollars in damage. It seems bizarre that no one seems to be aware that we just experienced what is quite possibly the costliest non-hurricane disaster in American history. The funds to rebuild will have to come from somewhere, which is why people need to know. It’s hard to believe that we will receive much relief if there isn’t a perception that we need it.

But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a moment. A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are. Think about that for just a second. Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about crime sprees? No…you didn’t. You heard about people pulling their neighbors off of rooftops. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. No…we didn’t loot. Our biggest warning was, “Don’t play in the floodwater.” When you think about it…that speaks a lot for our city. A large portion of why we were being ignored was that we weren’t doing anything to draw attention to ourselves. We were handling it on our own.

Some will be quick to find fault in the way rescue operations were handled, but the fact of the matter is that the catastrophe could not have been prevented and it is simply ignorant beyond all reason to suggest otherwise. It is a flood. It was caused by rain. You can try to find a face to stick this tragedy to, but you’ll be wrong.

Parts of Nashville that could never even conceivably be underwater were underwater. Some of them still are. Opry Mills and the Opryland Hotel are, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. People died sitting in standstill traffic on the Interstate. We saw boats going down West End. And, of course, we all saw the surreal image of the portable building from Lighthouse Christian floating into traffic and being destroyed when cars were knocked into it. I’m still having trouble comprehending all of it.

And yet…life will go on. We’ll go back to work, to school, to our lives…and we’ll carry on. In a little over a month, I’ll be on this website talking about the draft. In October, we’ll be discussing the new Predators’ season with nary a thought of these past few days. But in a way, they changed everyone in this town. We now know that that it can happen to us…but also know that we can handle it.

Because we are Nashville.

Posted by A Nashvillian May 6, 10 11:52 PM
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The person who expresses bad about this Country don't deserve to be here, because this is the best Country, go back to your country and don't be here anymore. GOD BLESS UNITED STATES AND EVERY SINGLE AMERICANS. I LOVE TO BE HERE.
aprende a escibir ingles por lo menos.

Posted by Julia May 7, 10 12:05 AM
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We live between Nashville and Memphis.... our town saw roads flood and the lake spill over as well as losing our entire water supply for a day due to a major pipe burst. However, we feel blessed and are sympathetic to our neighbors across West and Middle Tennessee. On Monday, as we saw our situation become more benign, their rivers continued to rise. Afterwards, we had a lot of erosion and some buildings that had been invaded by water, but no local loss of life. There was also tornado damage to structures and trees in a few adjacent communities. We go to Nashville at least 2 times per month. It will be a while before this is past. We went through a home loss due to a tornado in 2003, so we know what it is like to be put out by a storm. To all of those suffering, you are in our prayers.

Posted by Christopher Alexander May 7, 10 12:17 AM
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Wow!...Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature!..It saddens me to see the wonderful city of Nashville & surrounding towns & cities under water...God is a great God though!.. He will take care of you all..little by little things will get better in time...God bless the state of TN.. my prayers go out to all of you that have suffered losses in one way or another & to those who didnt..continue to aid those in need..with much love & support

Posted by kathy May 7, 10 12:34 AM
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Our family has had someone attending Lipscomb University for four generations. We love Nashville as much as we love our own home and state, St. Charles, MO. Such a beautiful city and so many good friends and memories for us. My heart goes out to all of you in Nashville, especially for those who have lost family mementos, which can never be replaced. God bless you and may God keep the good people of Tennessee strong in faith and endurance.

Posted by June Luttrell May 7, 10 12:44 AM
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May God bless all Tennesseans, and especially those in Nashville and surrounding areas. Because I grew up in East Tennessee, I know the strong belief of many of its people; and because of your strong work ethic, and your faith in God, I know you will rebuild and get through this disaster. My prayers are with you daily. I cannot believe the lack of information about this disaster! May God be with you - I will always love my home state of Tennessee.

Posted by Anonymous May 7, 10 01:16 AM
196.

I want to personally thank Jeff Gentner for blocking up I-65 for 20 minutes on the Cumberland bridge just so he could take a flippin picture. Thanks for making the rest of us wait in traffic!

Posted by Joe Snuffy May 7, 10 02:07 AM
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Thanks so much to all of you who are concerned and praying for us here in Nashville! As our mayor Karl Dean (NOT Dolly Parton's husband - he's Carl Dean with a C!) said earlier in the week, Nashville will recover. It's going to take time and a lot of work, but we will be fine!

However, the towing services who removed stranded cars from roads have now chosen to cash in on this disaster and are literally holding people's cars hostage for more money than most can afford to pay to get their cars back! Look here for details: http://www.wsmv.com/news/23479263/detail.html
There is NO EXCUSE for this whatsoever!!!!!!! The "no choice" cop-out someone gives in this article is a LIE!!!!! If Nashville Electric Service can waive reconnection fees for those who have lost their electricity and others can do the same with desperately needed items and assistance, these greedy opportunists who run the towing companies can do the same!!!!! Many of these people have lost everything they own and are now being victimized again by the inexcusable greed of people who want to hide behind "no choice"!
There

Posted by Paula May 7, 10 02:57 AM
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I live across the world in New Zealand. My daughter spent some time in the Nashville area a couple of years ago and some friends sent these images. We have a greater interest in Tennessee since she stayed there, and I really feel for the people who have suffered as a result of the flooding. Southland, which is the most southern province of New Zealand was recently affected by flooding, but being mainly a sheep farming area with a population of only around 100,000, there was much less impact.

Posted by Marianne May 7, 10 03:09 AM
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Hello, it so sad to see all that happen, but one thing I know for sure is this, you all are not alone, Jesus is in it with you.Remember Jesus said when you pass thro water I will be with you the water will not drawn you,and when you pass thro fire it will not burn you this is the word of the lord. the true God who know how to give back all that is lost, will replemish all your loss. Amen. From Esther and Pastor James

Posted by Anonymous May 7, 10 04:02 AM
200.

Learn from the Dutch and build some dykes. At least the automotive industries will get an economical boost: all those submerged cars will have to be replaced...

Posted by Dutchy May 7, 10 04:11 AM
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Thank you, Boston Globe. We need all the national exposure we can get down here in Nashville. I moved here from the north 2 years ago and fell in love with this city, and it breaks my heart to see so much devastation. We will be rebuilding for a long time.

Posted by Marissa Martin May 7, 10 04:30 AM
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I Am From UK Recently On Holliday In Nashville Only retured on 21April.
My Heart Goes out to all the THe People Who ..Lost Family in this Flood..
and property the people of Nashville are wounderful Folk ..were ever we went they made us welcome..I would like to say God Bless You All and Be as Safe as you can be .All the best Tina

Posted by Tina Malllaby May 7, 10 04:38 AM
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My heart goes out to the people of Tennessee as My best friends fiance lives there & I find it terrible that it was only brought to my attention Via my friend...It makes you realise what you've got & appriciate it.
Why isnt this being reported all over the world...if they can report on issues such as celebrities,why the hell arent they reporting on devistation like this??

Posted by Cathy shorter May 7, 10 04:46 AM
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There is also major flooding in a small town named Dyersburg, Tennessee. So many people are without homes, jobs, food and water.Plus the basic needs of every family. Please pray for those people too. They have been declared a disaster area too. So many people affected by so much water. GOD SPEED in getting everything back to normal. Nashville was hit so hard. The media is finally showing what has happened to Music City. May God Bless each one with more than they had..and be with the 20 something family's that lost loved ones in this flood. Thanks so much

Posted by Ramona Gooch May 7, 10 07:49 AM
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Where is our President and the press? You are not seeing all of this on the news. Where is all of the help that flooded to New Orleans when Catrina hit? I am praying for all of you.

Posted by Judy May 7, 10 08:11 AM
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Wow!! The pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

I have been to Nashville many times and just love visitng there.

Posted by Judy Vlcek May 7, 10 08:22 AM
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I am praying for all of the people of the great city of Nashville. I live in Roan Mountain TN and hope that the rest of the state as well as the country pulls together to help. These pictures really depict the devastation. I hope that the country opens its heart to all of you. We need deperately, right now, to take care of our own. God Bless all of you and keep you safe as you recover from this tragedy.

Posted by Cat Vess May 7, 10 08:41 AM
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may god give strength

Posted by shreyabha May 7, 10 08:53 AM
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I want to thank all the search & rescue, all the neighbors for all the their efforts and hard work that they have done. Please keep all of us here in Nashville in your thoughts and prayers they are greatly appreciated. I have lived here in Nashville for 6 years we have never seen nothing like this. I am greatful for all the generosity that everybody has shown to Nashville.

Posted by Bonnie England May 7, 10 08:56 AM
210.

Where are President Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the SCLC????

Posted by Dawgnutz May 7, 10 09:53 AM
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thank you so much for the post- amazing how we've gotten barely any national coverage at all- on Monday, on Fox News website, i had to scroll down to the BOTTOM of the page, under all the celebrity news, just to find a small thumbnail about the flooding here in Nashville. SO SAD! If they would just get the word out to others all over the country, so much support and help could be given, in addition to what Tennessee citizens are already doing for each other. It is very sad that FACEBOOK has more pages about the flood and is providing more awareness than our national NEWS networks are!!! Thanks so much for this story!!!

Posted by a proud Tennessean May 7, 10 10:07 AM
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Looking at these pictures I have to hold my tears, as I was praying, God comfort them and give them strength. My heart goes out for them.

Posted by Edward Kadylak May 7, 10 10:33 AM
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Well, I am living through it. Pictures don't do it justice. I have lived in Nashville all my life and NEVER seen anything this bad. My family lost a vehicle (had to leave it at work and it went under), but I feel so bad for all the families that have lost SO MUCH MORE. Houses, family members, etc. Please remember us in Tennessee

Posted by Connie Harvey May 7, 10 10:46 AM
214.

Wow. Nothing like pictures to make a story real.

...and it isn't global warming, or global climate change, or man, or God, or the Devil, or the Iceland volcano that caused this. It's just ... life.

Posted by Bruce May 7, 10 10:54 AM
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I also want to thank everyone for all the hard work that has been done and all the brave men and women who have helped those in need , you are heroes! I am a native born MA resident , just recently moved to Nashville area, TN I can't believe the devastation that has hit down here, but to ever cloud comes a silver lining somewhere.

Posted by amie aronson May 7, 10 11:03 AM
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My vehicle was the second picture, though the report is inaccurate, we do not live at the hotel but were only guests. We do not live in Nashville and we do not live in a flood plain; therefore our personal effects lost and damaged during the flood are not covered under our homeowners policy; thankfully, our vehicle had comprehensive coverage and will be replaced. Even if I had to earn every penny to replace everything that was material that I lost that day, my husband and I made it to safety and our children were at home in Alabama. The saddest part of my own personal story is that this all could have been prevented had the owner of the hotel bothered to pick up the phone and let his guests know that the parking lot was flooding. There was ample time to leave had we known when so many others did; however, we chose to sleep in. It is also unfortunate that the owner did not provide any safe or secure locations in other parts of his hotel for those of us who lost everything and had no where to go to get out of the weather. He even locked the door to the hotel lobby. Thankfully I have pictures and video evidence of this.

Posted by Paganprincess May 7, 10 11:10 AM
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THIS IS WOW.
THATS HORIBLE.

Posted by APRIL GOMERA May 7, 10 11:20 AM
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wow. i feel bad for them, ughh, i wish this storm never ever happen. i feel bad for those people who lost thier house and cars omg.
i feel bad,

Posted by april gomera May 7, 10 11:25 AM
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Nashville made headlines here in The Okeechobee News,in Okeechobee Florida.
I was hopping that some of my friends live in Nashville made it OK.
Paul D.

Posted by Paul D. McCauley May 7, 10 11:28 AM
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Gazillions of US assets support all levels of aggressive diplomatic and military actions all over the world, most of which do not serve anyone but the war profiteers while draining our treasury of resources needed to sustain survival and reclamation efforts needed after our own country's disasters. We're 'broke', so the needed 'resources' must be begged from the citizen body; '...donate to the Red Cross, text $1 to the church rescue effort, send donations to this or that civic group willing to carry food and water to those devastated'! While we, the richest country on earth, is unable to help itself. F*ck War and F*ck US Imperialism. Bring our MONEY and RESOURCES home and rebuild THIS country.

Posted by Per Pucci May 7, 10 11:44 AM
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I want to say that my heart bleeds for the people in TN and also for the ones that have typed a comment that God isn't real. The storm is proof enough that God is real he has all power in his hands and he will provide for us all. Yes the storm was bad and some people lost their lives ,but God has a reason for everything, and it could always be worse. So those of you that still believe in God keep the faith ,God will take care of us all. Again TN keep the faith and look to the Lord for your strength.

Posted by Lois Dunbar May 7, 10 11:44 AM
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I'm sure all of Southeast Texas sympathize with all the flooded areas. Take a look at Bridge City after Ike and now a year and half later it's almost back to normal. It takes hard work and a lot of patience, but it can be done.

Posted by barbara May 7, 10 11:54 AM
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GOD Bless them!!and keep them safe and healthy!..with their family

Posted by Lissiue May 7, 10 11:57 AM
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It's pretty ridiculous that this isn't getting more national media attention. Hopefully the people who are affected by this can rebuild their lives once the water recedes.

Posted by Dwayne in NYC May 7, 10 12:08 PM
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I am actually shocked at all the people claiming no national media coverage has been given to TN. This is something that HAS been broadcast nationwide ALL WEEK, yes, we do get national news here in Oklahoma. Maybe its possible that with all the power outages, you just weren't aware that it WAS being broadcasted.

Here in tornado alley, we completely understand what you are going through an we do hope and pray that EVERYONE can get back on their feet ASAP.

As for the poeple stating that TN is any less important and doesn't need the recognition and assistance that Haiti received, I say I am PROUD to be an American and I personally will ALWAYS support my home country and citizens before any other. Why are OUR citizens any less important than anyone else's?

Once again, our hearts and prayers go out to ALL of you and may you recover as quickly as possible.

Posted by Stephanie May 7, 10 12:53 PM
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# 31 doesn't tell the whole story. The people who owned that car didn't make it. They were an elderly couple on their way to church when their car was washed away.

And for those who mentioned it yes we have received very little news attention. I guess because we aren't on the west or upper east coast we don't matter to them. Maybe it's because when the this tragedy happened we didn't start looting and pillaging, we didn't start pointing fingers and blaming the government, we didn't make things worse, so we aren't really interesting news to them. Instead we pulled together and helped each other. While the rain was still coming down friends family and strangers struck out to help others. There was very little loss of life considering the damage. I think it's because the people of Middle TN took it upon themselves to take care of each other and not just look out for themselves. It wasn't just the police and firefighters (who really did do a great job) helping, it was strangers from miles away, even Kentucky rushing in to help. The pictures don't show near enough. There is much more to the story. Places that have never ever flooded are under 6 to 10 feet of water, billions of dollars worth of damage, countless thousands of lives upturned and a city/region that came together for each other when they needed help most. It wasn't the government rushing in to help it was neighbors and complete strangers helping each other. You won't see that on the news, and if that isn't news worthy then I'm glad I don't live in a newsworthy city. May God bless the people here.

Posted by All of Middle Tennessee May 7, 10 12:59 PM
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STOP DAMMING UP RIVERS!!

Posted by Anonymous May 7, 10 01:08 PM
228.

I live here in Nashville, and this may be the best photo record of the flood I've scene ... and from the Boston Globe, no less!

Kudos, Boston Globe.

Posted by Jack May 7, 10 01:10 PM
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God did show some mercy or we could have possibly lost more lives than we did. Thank you Jesus for your mercy. I truly believe that He will provide a quick and smooth recovery for the people of Nashville and the surrounding counties. I also have family in Nashiville and God has surely taken care of them. I wish the police officers and other emergency workers the strength and endurance they will need in the coming months. I will not forget you!

Posted by Deborah Meekins May 7, 10 01:29 PM
230.

I felt very sorry of the flood and the pictures gives the reality of the flood in the Boston Globe. I pray for all the victims of the flood. My heart goes out for them. May God bless all the families their house holds and dear ones.
Vinay, India

Posted by S.M.Vinay Kumar May 7, 10 01:50 PM
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"Just for perspective-- contributions for Nashville to recover are less than a penny on the dollar vs. what was done for Haiti. Come on America, this is YOUR sister city. We need you. Help at www.cfmt.org or www.hon.org or red cross." ????

okay so just for another dose of perspective for who ever wrote that little nugget..

death toll for Haiti - over 210 000
death toll for Nashville and Memphis- Reports are saying its getting close to 30.

Perspective getting any clearer?

That being said, Nashville did get hit hard and my prayers and concerns are with them.

Posted by guy who doesn't like post 130 May 7, 10 02:02 PM
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I live in the netherlands, a country which is basically at the end or the delta of several major european rivers plus the fact that roughly half the country and 60% of the population lives beneath the sealevel, yet the last riverflooding i can remember was in 95 or 96 and the last major flood which killed about 2000 people was in 1953. Ofcourse we've been spending billions of dollars on waterdefenses for a long time. Just curious though that the US being such a rich country can't predict nor prevent such major floods or atleast minimize the effects of it.
Ofcourse not to say that this is not a horrible occurence for those involved and my sympathy goes out to all those suffering, but really, you couldn't have forseen that rivers sometimes flood?

Posted by jonas May 7, 10 02:05 PM
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As a regular online reader of the Boston Globe - and native Tennessean - I want to express my gratitude to those national media outlets such as the Globe who actually are covering this disaster. Our loss of life is not be as severe as Haiti's or New Orleans, but is worthy of coverage nonetheless. The damage to our landmarks, infrastructure, and economy may not be know for some time.

But we will recover, because we will pitch in, help each other, and get the job done. That's why Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State. I hear heartening stories of people planning to attend the CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair) who plan to spend part of that vacation helping clean up Nashville. People boating to save their neighbors, donating to shelters, giving time and money to groups such as Hands on Nashville and The Community Foundation. May God bless their generous hearts.

Tourism is a vital part of our economy and culture here in Nashville. When we've dried up and cleaned up, come for a visit. We'll be as friendly and welcoming as we've always been.

On behalf of my fellow Nashvillians, thanks to all those who donate, care about us, help us and pray for us.

Posted by Heather Alexander May 7, 10 02:06 PM
234.

I am so very sorry! I will pray for yall. Keep God in your prayers.

Posted by Melanie May 7, 10 02:17 PM
235.

Unlike Katrina, no rioting and looting, no begging for someone to take care of them, no blaming Bush! Just down right good Americans that set their jaw, do the heavy lifting and thanking God that their families are still with them.

Posted by DP May 7, 10 02:22 PM
236.

Jonas - we received 1/3 of our yearly rainfall in 36 hours. It is a once in 1,000 year flood. Can't prepare for that.

Posted by Jill May 7, 10 02:29 PM
237.

I am proud to be an American. Amen.

Posted by AJ May 7, 10 03:20 PM
238.

As Tennesseans, we are grateful to those keeping us in their thoughts and prayers. In response to #141 (who compared our plight to Haiti's and then dismissed it) I say this. It is possible to extend compassion to more than one group of people at a time.

Posted by Jennifer P. May 7, 10 03:21 PM
239.

I am a 6th Grade teacher in Nashville. I don't think we are whinning, or even complaining. We got of easy compared to some floods and natural disasters. We are strong people. We are the big city with a small town feel and we do take care of our neighbors. However, that being said, The person that made the comment about Haiti, you cannot compare the two. They are totally different. No one here wants to forget Haiti or take away what happened there, but I have a lot of students that are now homeless and hungry and have no place to go. You tell me what I should do!

Posted by GM1974 May 7, 10 03:36 PM
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My prayers are with the families inside and out of TN. My prayers are especially going out to those who take their time in writing nasty notes on this blob. Just like it happened to New Orleans, Haiti and TN and so many other states / countires it can happen anywhere.
Pray for those who are going through and leave the negativity out of it. You can be sitting down in your family or living room today and on the roof of your homes tomorrow. Leave the bittering out and put the prayers out. This could happen to any of us.

Posted by JRJ May 7, 10 03:50 PM
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hey i am from Franklin pierce high school and i was wondering if i could get permisson to use the pictures in our newspaper.

Posted by britny gantt May 7, 10 04:00 PM
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To # 235 DP....EXACTLY!!! My thoughts exactly. I spoke with someone today that had lost EVERYTHING in one of the neighborhoods and she had the most positive attitude. She even mentioned the no looting, fighting, or begging for help...just about being a people that WILL get up and take care of themselves WITH PRIDE! She said they all just picked each other up and moved along thankful to still be alive. These people here WILL make it and all the help among each other is just proof of the great people that make up the Nashville community. That's exactly why there hasn't been much out of state media coverage....not enough crying and whining.

Posted by Gearjammer May 7, 10 04:08 PM
243.

who in the world would let their chidren walk or swim in that water? its disgusting and not healthy! people are morans!

Posted by gerard May 7, 10 04:22 PM
244.

So many tragic events taking place around the U.S. We need to truly embrace others and help people in America immediately!

Posted by Wendy May 7, 10 04:50 PM
245.

I grew up in Nashville, I wasn't there for the flood, but many of my friends and relatives are still living through it. I just want to say how proud of my city and my state, for showing the rest of the country how true Americans respond to a disaster.

This is how America SHOULD be. These are the values this country was built on. People taking responsibility for their own situation, neighbors coming together to help each other in times of need.

It's time we stopped looking to the corruption in Washington to give us hand outs. Americans, take responsibility for yourselves. Thank you Nashville, for being an example of what we all should aspire to.

Posted by Adam May 7, 10 05:35 PM
246.

Nashville.....my home town will survive as Volunteers routinely come forth as they have since 1796.

Posted by Thomas KY May 7, 10 05:55 PM
247.

I am so very, very sorry for what these people are going thru and I mean that with all my heart. God bless and never lose the faith. Our church is praying for you all. These pictures are hard to look at.

Posted by Sally Cowan May 7, 10 06:53 PM
248.

I live in Beantown now, but I will always be a Nashvillian! We may not have had the attention that comparable disasters have had, but you know what... we are a proud city, that is capable of taking care of ourselves.

But for all those who have offered their thoughts and prayers, I do say thank you from a man, living in Boston, but who's heart will always reside in Nashville.

Posted by Thomas Langdon May 7, 10 08:07 PM
249.

I HAVE SEEN THE DAMAGES THAT WAS DONE TO SUCH A BEAUTIFUL CITY, AND I HOPE AND PRAY GOD WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE STRENGTH YOU NEED TO PULL THROUGH. MAY AMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND FIND SOLACE IN CHRIST JESUS. KEEP THE FAITH.

Posted by FREDDIE JACKSON NH MAY 7TH, 2010 May 7, 10 08:44 PM
250.

My heart goes out to everyone in Nashville and TN as a whole. I have spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last 5 or 6 yrs playing Douglas Corners, Opry Mills, and the like. It breaks my heart to see the devastation. Tennesseans are my surrogate brothers and sisters. I love you all and keep you all in my prayers. I am coming down with Lutheran Disaster Relief to help you clean up. See you all when I get there. God bless you all.

Posted by Kent Krumwiede May 7, 10 09:10 PM
251.

I am deeply sorry for what the people are going through, due to the flooding. I wnt through Katrina, with everyone else in Mississippi,Louisiana and Fla,and Alabama,many of us lost every thing. So please know that you are all in our prayers.

Posted by Patricia Fast. May 7, 10 09:22 PM
252.

Im so sorry I live in TN but not nashville .....Im so sorry

Posted by Summer May 7, 10 09:45 PM
253.

O.K. so where is the Federal help for Tennessee...has the Obama administration not learned ANYTHING from the neglect of New Orleans??? Or is it that Tennessee is a majority Republican state? HMMMM.

Posted by Tbird Price May 7, 10 09:58 PM
254.

I live in Ontario, Canada. My fiancee lives in Dickson County, and I am so glad that she wasn't hurt and our home is fine. Now it's just a matter of finding a way to get down there to pitch in.

Posted by Raven May 7, 10 10:08 PM
255.

God Bless the south! God Bless the USA.

Posted by Carla Sappington May 7, 10 10:37 PM
256.

My thoughts and preyers go out to the people effected by this flood. May God bless you and take care of you.

Posted by Brandi May 7, 10 11:18 PM
257.

I live in Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes here, flooding in TN, and an oil spill down on the gulf. It is times like these that we know just how tough we Southerners can be. It will take more than this to break us!

Posted by Daymon Patrick Ray Jones May 8, 10 12:12 AM
258.

I am praying for you just kepp on holding and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ Holy Spirit and God I will put your in prayer

Posted by Tricia Taylor May 8, 10 12:17 AM
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For Stephanie and post #225. Yes we got some National Attention but not nearly that which has cost far less and far fewer lives across this counry. Politics has nothing to do with it. Where you live and where the audience is does.
As for your statement about comparing yourself by living in "Tornado Alley" maybe you haven't watched the news nearly enough. WE are now and have been for several years in the deadliest part of Tornado Alley. Has that escaped you. It hasn't me. I've had 9 within 2 miles of me in the past ten years and one straight over me April 2009. It destroyed my nearest neighbors farm anf many others. It's greatest damage was to the Hardwood Industry which is a big industry in Tennessee.
For the official record....Tennessee ranks second, behind only Missouri, in the total number of Tornado related deaths over the past 15 years.
Yeah, we know about Tornados too. I know about floods. I live about 65 miles west of Nashville out in the country and watched a normally foot dep creek become 30 ft deep and a mile across. My hometown Waverly, 12 miles away was totally gutted for the most part. Schools are closed for the rest of the year. But as others have said. We'll make it. We always help our neighbors, flood, tornado, fire, death in the family. We always help.

Posted by Thomas Johnson May 8, 10 12:47 AM
260.

My heart goes out to the people of Nashville.i have never been there myaelf buthave seen photos and video a nd spoken to people from the city who hold it so c lose to their hearts.It woud seem certainly, witrh all of the deestructive forces that we are being shown h.we must be strongly aware of how stong our own willa, how dedicated our bodies and motivations and fierce grasps toward ight and good ...we can and should prevail.And of course it was a flood that God in the OldTestament sent to garner the wheat from the chaff..Let's hope that this winnowingis not e as devestating and that we an get the oiint early on.--ann sullivan, 20010

Posted by Ann Sullivan May 8, 10 02:16 AM
261.

My husband & I lived in Smyrna, Tn. My husband worked for Star Transportation and we spent a lot of time at the Music City Truck Stop. My heart goes out to the people there. God bless them!!! I know he watching over them. They are our prayers!!!

Posted by Johanna Dye May 8, 10 08:55 AM
262.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this devastating event. Keep a positive thought, and hang in there.

Posted by Liz May 8, 10 09:08 AM
263.

May God Bless you and this community, I live in Beckley WV where we had a similar occurance in March. My brother-in-law lost most of everything he owns as well. We in Beckley know what you are going through. You will continue in our prayers. I have been to your beautiful
city & know it will rise again.

Posted by diana cook May 8, 10 09:50 AM
264.

My heart goes out to Nashville and I'm praying for them. I have a friend and his brother there and I don't know if he's okay. I do feel its dangerous for people to keep walking through that high water it could be snakes and alligators and all kinds of stuff in the water. Please get somewhere safe and try to stay and please keep the children away from that water its very high.All my prayers to you and I pray God's strength to all of Nashville.

Posted by Charlene May 8, 10 10:11 AM
265.

I am staying in Hangzhou, China and came home from the Chinese May
Day holiday to see scenes of Nashville flooding on Central China TV-9! China also has some terrible flooding right now....I have recently moved to Murfreesboro from NC and all 3 of my adult children and 5 grandchildren live in Nashville as well as do many of my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. I am greatful for the coverage that informed me here in China and thanks to the Boston Globe article that was forwarded to me as well..This is all so hard to believe.,but you help me see how serious this was! While I have had good news about my family, I hurt for those who suffered loss. May God comfort and sustain you all. sc

Posted by Bev McGee May 8, 10 10:54 AM
266.

What a great gesture it would be for our resident carpet-bagger to STOP the construction of yet another Convention Center and put that money to use repairing all this damage. I don't see that happening.

Posted by Jim Trusty May 8, 10 10:54 AM
267.

Personal stories aside for now, I want to know where the "Star studded Telethons" are now?? A Billion plus dollars to make this city whole again...
OUR city...a city in the UNITED STATES!

Posted by M.Hughes May 8, 10 12:19 PM
268.

Our hearts go out to the good people of Tennessee, we were in the 2006 Tornado that hit Gallatin, We know how you feel, May God be with you and keep your spirits high. We have since moved to Colorado.

Posted by Glenda and Barry Timmerman May 8, 10 12:52 PM
269.

My husband and I were planning to go to Grand Ole Opray, shop at the mall and stay in the Opryland Hotel in Sept. for r 50th wedding anniversary.
I'm sure it will all rise again but not in time for us. Heartbreaking for Tennessee!!!

Posted by Barbara May 8, 10 01:10 PM
270.

All I can say is this NEEDS MORE COVERAGE!!!!!!!!!
This is Nashvilles KATRINA.....

Posted by Erin Malave May 8, 10 03:26 PM
271.

my hometown is nashville tn. i moved to north carolina with my husband because he is in the marines. i havent been out of tn for two months and this is what happen to the beautiful city. i called my family and they were alright. i pray that everyone there can get there life back together and live better after what has happened. im coming home in october to nashville tn and i pray everything gets better. i wish i could be there and contribute. god bless everyone and i have faith in everyone and i know things will get better. this is a hump that i know we can get over. i love my hometown and everyone in it.

Posted by ashley May 8, 10 03:27 PM
272.

Thank you Boston Globe for publishing these pictures. Thank you to all of the country music stars who call this area their home and have stepped up to the plate to help. And, thank you area citizens, who have given of their time, money, energy, etc. to help. It has been an surreal week. What I want to take from it is the focus of compassion of neighbor helping neighbor and the realization that we all really need each other and are not an "island unto ourselves". In some very special ways, it has been a spiritual week.

Posted by Jan May 8, 10 03:52 PM
273.

Sziasztok!!!
Szörnyű lehet ilyen helyzetben élni.Együtt érzünk!! Magyarország

Posted by Cseh László May 8, 10 04:32 PM
274.

I live in MA but visit Nashville every June and I have been seeing all the flood pictures and coverage through tears. Nashville is a wonderful place with wonderful people and I am so proud at how they are handling this. I watched Vince Gill's quickly-organized telethon raise 1.7 million dollars and I marvel at all the positive spirits I've seen. I made a donation but there's not much more I can do right now except keep everyone in Nashville in my heart and prayers. I will be in Nashville next month and I know Nashville will be as wonderful as it always has been. Stay strong, Nashville, our hearts are with you.

Posted by Sandy in MA May 8, 10 06:12 PM
275.

I LIVE IN JACKSON, TN. WHICH IS 120 MILES FROM NASHVILLE. I LOVE NASHVILLE AND HAVE A SON WHO LIVES THERE NOW AND OUR 2 DAUGHTERS LIVED THERE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
WE ARE SOUTHERNERS AND THE VOLUNTEER STATE AND THE WITH ONE OF THE OTHER WRITERS, WHERE IS THE NATIONAL MEDIA. WERE US SOUTHERNS NOW IMPORTANT ENOUGH . OF COURSE THE OIL SPELL AND THE CAR BOMBING TOOK OVER THE MEDIA LAST WEEK. GRANTED THIS WAS IMPORTANT BUT PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS FLOOD NOT COUNTING ALL THEIR LIVELYHOOD.
THE C.E.O. HAD A BRIEFING YESTERDAY AND HE SAID THAT GAYLORD ND THE OPRYLAND HOTEL WAS GOING TO PAY ALL 1200 OF THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH BENIFITS FOR THE NEXT 6 WEEKS SO THEY WOULD NOT GO AND FIND OTHER JOBS LIKE THEY DID IN KATRINA. THEN THESE EMPLOYEES WILL GO TO WORK TO HELP THE CLEAN UP.
IS THIS NOT WONDERFUL. SO TELL ME ABOUT TENNESSEANS AND SOUTHERNS.,
GOD BLESS ALL THE PEOPLE OF NASHVILLE AND THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.

Posted by BETTY May 8, 10 06:16 PM
276.

Sure feel sorry for folks that all they own.....life is never the same.

Posted by Anonymous May 8, 10 07:45 PM
277.

Anyone that references Katrina or the city of New Orleans when speaking on this flood is an idiot.

"No looting here... cuz we're Nashville". Or, because this was gone in 3 days while people in NO were stranded for weeks. Think before you get on your high horse. This doesn't compare to Katrina at all. Katrina killed 1800 people. This killed 20something. Katrina caused hysteria. Desperation. This caused a slight panic.

And this is coming from someone in middle Tennessee. This all about us garbage needs to stop. You probably can't even remember the last flood outside of your own area (excluding Katrina)... yet you want everyone to pay attention to us.

Posted by elsephen May 8, 10 07:48 PM
278.

Your Canadian friends are ready to help.What can we do?

Posted by Irene Drainville May 8, 10 08:34 PM
279.

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I live in Western Ky and was praying for Nashville early Sunday morning as the phone ran every 30 mins. warning us of the tornado warnings. Thankful, there were no touchdowns.

My husband and I were there in Nashville not long ago walking along down Broadway and the river. Were we live is about 25 miles from the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. All of the rivers are flooding many areas here close to home. Many areas are sandbagging to save their homes. Nashville's waters are going down and ours are rising. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone effected by all of this water.

I do understand the small amount of media attention. I know they seem to be picking up a bit more now. Last January, we were 18 days without power due to the Ice Storm of 2009. Many were stranded and many died just trying to stay warm. Relief from the government level were very slow and the common man was not really helped. Our area looked like a war zone.

Remember Hurricane Ike?? It turned into a tropical storm and blasted is way through our area. We had to take cover and suffered severe wind damage. Family all over the country was clueless as to what happened here. I guess this is the norm.

We are mid- America and thankful we can rely on one another when times get hard. God Bless America.

Posted by CC Milam May 8, 10 09:45 PM
280.

Hey, #243 (Gerard), if you want to show everyone else how superior you are then you should at least be able to spell the insult. And while we're at it that should be "It's disgusting . . . ." You used a pronoun when you should have added an apostrophe to that contraction making it short for "It is," which is what you meant.
By the way, it was widely publicized for people to stay out of the flood waters barring escape - same as when they were doing it in beloved New Orleans after Katrina.
People are people so maybe we're all "morans."

Posted by Southern writer who can spell May 8, 10 09:48 PM
281.

I was born in TN about halfway between Nashville and Memphis. Some of the most beautiful country in the world. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Bettye Roberts Blay May 8, 10 10:44 PM
282.

We had 12 inches of rain one night in July 1977 and it was devastating and took many lives and a long time to recover. Our prayers are with Nashville and Tennessee where we visted last year and enjoyed the Grand Ole Opry and downtown before heading to the Smokies. You will look back as we still do and thank God for his mercy.

Posted by Rick May 8, 10 10:46 PM
283.

unbelievable pictures and our hearts go out to each one who has lost something. to be gained will be added strength as you persevere and regain some good days. Sounds like the camaraderie is plentiful. What can we do>? diane

Posted by diane May 8, 10 10:46 PM
284.

WOW! I visited Nashville last summer. These photos are incredible. I'm so sorry. God Bless the people, the city annd America. Nature is unpredictable. If we save our lives, the rest is easy to recover. By the way, I live in Puerto Rico; but my brother lives in Tennessee for about 20 yrs. I love and like Tennessee.

Posted by Elizabeth May 8, 10 11:31 PM
285.

My prayers for all the people who have been affected by these floods.

Posted by Amit Batra May 9, 10 07:28 AM
286.

My heart goes out to Nashville Residents especially the ones affected by this horrible Flood. Nashville is special to so many people all over the world. Especially to me since my deceased husbands family from Nashville. His father had the first barbershop downtown. His Mother know for her beautiful work as Seamstress to so many of the "famous" stars of Nashville.For our family and friends that live in Nashville that are affected .God Bless all of Nashville Residents that have lost everything.
Pray for support from all over the Country for Nashville.

Posted by Dot Timberlake Whitelaw May 9, 10 07:43 AM
287.

From New Orleans La. My self and most all down here do and can relate to what you in Tn. are going through with the flooding and our hearts go out to you. We are all amazed when we see the damage water can do. I have been to Nashville many times and other parts of Tn. and find it beautiful. It is sad to say , but human nature can bring out the worst in some people. But also as is always seen events of this magnitude also bring out the best in people. Just as so much of New Orleans has been cleaned up and repaired so shall Tn. Remember things took a long time to build so on rebuilding.

Posted by Crystal Lynne Little May 9, 10 08:09 AM
288.

My grandparents live up there and me and my family are looking to take a trip up there in a few weeks once they get out of school. My heart goes out to all the people who live there. I have a special attachment to Nashville and even plan on living there eventually. I pray for everyone affected. May God be with y'all.

Posted by Morgan Leahey May 9, 10 08:57 AM
289.

hi all from roachdale ind i seen whats happens when a water gets up i hope you all will move on and redo all that was mess up may god be with you and i hope to come down see your city soon.

Posted by charles bishop May 9, 10 10:55 AM
290.

Oh, my heart hurts for you all. May God watch over all that have been affected by this flood and bless you with the courage, strength, and comforting you need during this very difficult time.

Posted by Kelly Cavner May 9, 10 11:36 AM
291.

I really liked what comment #190 had to say. I was really suprised myself that we haven't had more help than what we have. I was also really proud to see that we didn't have much looting and as that comment stated we haven't received as much publicity because we are not drawing attention to ourselves. We are all about help our friends, neighbors and community. Yes this was a record breaking event for Nashville. I just don't understand why when Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake overseas hit it was all over the national news for days. No, we didn't have a hurricane nor an earthquake but we did have a record breaking flood that took lives and destroyed homes. No one ever understands anyone else's situation unless it happens to you. Maybe that's why we haven't received a lot of help. Maybe because they've seen how well we have handled our situation. We have been helping our neighbors and as soon as the flood waters started to receed we started pulling together to get things cleaned up. I am so proud to say I live in a city/state where we don't have to loot or steal to bring attention to our situation. We are very blessed and have God to thank everyday for bringing us through this situation.

Posted by Nashvillian May 9, 10 11:56 AM
292.

I guess they'll need some kind of HIGH BELLY machine rake to clear the debris? Pretty bad flooding though,huh? Doesn't Tennessee have a local food drive head department...They'll probably play heck getting deliveries that close.LOL my sis moved there a few years ago I KINDA watch because of that (kinda).honestly the air there was a little thick,just the planets way of purifying the ground I guess. (the rainwater couldn't get through the ground surface?) Did you want to hear that bull****?

Posted by Mikey May 9, 10 12:29 PM
293.

Prayer doesn't work and god isn't real.

Hope the area recovers from this.

Posted by FreeThinker May 9, 10 02:03 PM
294.

Wow this is terrible....... poor people........the world is changing....... something will happen......

Posted by Maiù Lusignan May 9, 10 02:24 PM
295.

The flood in Nashville is a terrible blow to the city and its residents. But people should also be aware that many other areas between Memphis and Nashville had the same torrential rains, flooding and even tornadoes. Some of these small towns may never recover. They are not getting any public awareness because they are small towns. These people need help as well.I agree with the many others about the news media. Jim Cantore from the weather channel was at Churchill Downs doing his weather while people here were drowning. Thank goodness for our local weather forecasters that stayed with us non stop. I think a situation where people were losing their lives and livelihood is as important as a failed bomb attempt where nobody lost their lives. But then I am comparing N.Y. to TN.

Posted by Colleen May 9, 10 02:47 PM
296.

So Sorry for the hardships you in Nashville are experiencing. Don't give up hope. You still have your lives and families. That is most important thing. At least you weren't out in the streets shooting people. You didn't loot any stores. You weren't whining about racial issues. You got up like Americans do and helped people in need. Kind Americans helping one another. Your President made no attempts to go and check out your needs. If you didn't like "no press coverage from NBC, ABC and other networks, you should be listening the FOX NEWS all the time. They care they reported the agionies you were experiencing. God Bless you !
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Posted by Tina Smith of Sunny Florida, Hurricane Alley May 9, 10 06:15 PM
297.

I have to agree with the comments made in #220.
This government of ours is so quick to take our tax money and spend it on the foreign countries, but when it comes to our needs of our people, they put up all sorts of road blocks, and red tape so our people have to jump thru hoops to get assistance.
Remember this when it is election day.
Vote these thoughtless politicians out of office.

Posted by Crackerjack May 9, 10 06:28 PM
298.

God bless all of you who went through this terrible catastrophe.
Nashville and her surrounding area is a beautiful and magnificient
landscape. Our hearts go out to those people and places in Tennessee who suffered such heartbreak from this flood. May their lives be quickly
restored and may God bless each who suffered so dearly.

Posted by Warren Vicknair May 9, 10 08:32 PM
299.

We are Tennesseans (the Volunteer State)We need no help from Obama.We will rebuild

Posted by T Freels May 9, 10 09:06 PM
300.

I am very saddened by all the damage that was caused by the flooding in Nashville. I live in Ohio but work with a girl that is from Tn. and her dad still lives there so I have a great interest in all the suffering that these people are going through. My heart goes out to each and every one of you that was affected by the flooding. May GOD be with all of you. Keep your chin up and try to do the best that you can.

Posted by Brenda May 9, 10 09:17 PM
301.

God bless you all. You are in my heart and prayers.

Posted by Dawn, Cumberland, IN May 9, 10 09:19 PM
302.

I dearly love Tennessee & first visited Nashville in June, 1969 & as recently as the summer of 2008. Walking the streets & seeing the history of Music Row & Opryland & as a matter of fact, I was there the day the Gerneral Jackson first came down the river on it's maidon voyage! It was such a sight to behold June, 1985. Nashville holds a very special place in my heart & alot of sweet memories. My son & his family now live in Knoxville, so I still have a connection with a state that I have loved long before he was even born. My heart goes out to all affected by this horrible devastation and I will do my part whatever it may be to help the kind & loving people of Nashville, Tenn.

Posted by Louise Ford May 9, 10 10:04 PM
303.

If our Government focuses on Tenn. as they do other countries, you'll be ok REAL SOON!LOL! SORRY FOR ALL YOUR LOSSES!!!

Posted by Jeff Miller May 9, 10 10:17 PM
304.

nashville got off easy. wish you could have seen pics of where we live. we live in cheatham county, about 20 mi. west of nashville. our house was under 12 ft of water. the whole neighborhood looks like nagasaki.

Posted by lynn ray May 9, 10 10:23 PM
305.

Just spent the day helping out an older gentleman named Billy. We had to Gut his house, and there was nothing that could be saved. Ripping out moldy water soaked carpet, tearing apart drywall, cleaning out debris from closets. It was heartbreaking. Billy had lived in that house since 1982 and like most, has no flood insurance. His neighborhood looked like a war zone. The sad part is, there was little help. Yesterday I was volunteering in Bellevue and there was an abundance of help, there was water stations, and food stations every 30 feet. A ton of people walking around asking what could be done. It was a beautiful thing.

West Nashville, however, was a completely different story. Very little help to be found. The only people working were despite broken home owners trying to piece what little they had left back together. The area we were working in today was a poor part of town and I hate to say it, but maybe that was why it has been so neglected.

If you are in the Nashville Area. Get yourself some gloves, (you will need surgical gloves as well as work gloves) some trash bags, and a box cutter for ripping out soggy carpet and head over to the neighborhoods over by Del Ray and White Bridge road. Help is badly needed. You can also sign up @ www.hon.org.

Posted by a citizen May 9, 10 11:09 PM
306.

I lived in Nashville for many years before moving back home to New orleans, LA. I really feel for these people. Believe me, Nashvillians are some of the most friendly people in the world. I loved living there and my heart goes out to you all. God Bless

Posted by Al Lauro aka Big Al & the Heavyweights May 10, 10 12:45 AM
307.

I am a native Nashvillian and these pictures are hard to look at. My family
that lives in Nashville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro and Bellevue are
thankfully okay. I will pray for the whole situation and know that in God's
hands Tennessee and the surrounding areas will recover and prosper.

Posted by Donna Parker May 10, 10 01:55 AM
308.

It's been horrible and awful, may God be with you!

Posted by Behnood May 10, 10 02:19 AM
309.

I live in the UK now, but lived in Nashville for 22 years. My heart goes out to all of you there, and in all the other cities and small towns hit by this flood. I am so proud of how you're picking yourself up and helping one another without waiting for outside help and without any complaining. It's exactly what I would have expected from Tennesseans. God bless you, and I'll be back for a visit in August.

Posted by garnetquagga May 10, 10 02:30 AM
310.

Wow! Those pictures are amazing! I linked to them on my writing.

It is all so shocking that the federal government has not seen fit to help our own!

Debra...
Journalist at InformingChristians.com

Posted by Debra J.M. Smith May 10, 10 02:44 AM
311.

It would be wrong for me to point the finger of blame to anyone because I cannot be there to help....All I can say is a prayer for gods mercy and grace to be with each of the people of Tennessee during this monumental period of loss and grief....God bless you all...

Posted by Ray Fliger USARV 67-68 May 10, 10 07:54 AM
312.

I will pray for all of you in TN. I live in Arkansas and we also had our share of the diaster we are having to rebuild due to the tornados. I think you all in TN are going to have a harder time recovering then we are here. I agree with what some else said about the flood insurance. I live near the Arkansas River and they still won't sell me flood insurance. No matter how big or small the diaster it is never easy. I certainly hope you all the best. God bless those that are so generous to help those in need. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Posted by Rhianna May 10, 10 08:13 AM
313.

WE ARE THE VANVOLKENBURGH WE WERE ON OUR WAY BACK FROM FLA TO INDIANA WHEN THE WEATHER HIT WE WERE TRAP IN NASHVILLE THE POLICE AND FIRE FIGHTERS WERE GREAT GOT US TO A MOTEL WHERE WE STAYED FOR 2 DAYS COULD NOT GET DOWN 24 OUR HEART HURTS FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT LOST EVERYTHING I JUST WISH I WAS MADE OF MONEY SO WE COULD HELP PRAYERS GOES OUT TO ALL, MERLE

Posted by Anonymous May 10, 10 08:30 AM
314.

My prayers are with you.

Posted by Anonymous May 10, 10 09:29 AM
315.

There is something sad and eerie that we, as a nation, can raise gazillions of dollars for people in other nations when such devastation hits: yet, when it hits home, our priorities seem to change. Do we need to stand out in national news as such heroes?...because if we can't take care of our own, then we are as far from heroes as we can get. God sees all and he will see what we all do. And for all you nay-God sayers, keep it to yourself. I believe that what doesn't kill us will make us stronger. I feel so badly for the people affected by this severe flooding...it is heart-breaking to see so much loss..

Posted by Nancy May 10, 10 09:33 AM
316.

Reminds me of the quotation "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!"

Posted by Gil May 10, 10 09:34 AM
317.

to the "free thinker" post #293.....you are SOOOOOOO wrong!

thanks to whomever published these pictures,,,,amazing what damage nature can do......God bless all of you

Posted by grandma pat May 10, 10 10:21 AM
318.

You people in Nashville show what true AMERICANS are. Depending on yourself and helping others without complaining. A great example to what the rest of Americans should be. GOD will bless you in way you wont believe!!!

Posted by p ross May 10, 10 10:24 AM
319.

I ran the Country Music Marathon, coming into Nashville hearing on the radio some of the weather that was on the way, I never thought it was this bad.. I left Nashville the next day in the rain not realizing what was to come. My prayers go to the families who are left to pick up the pieces.

Posted by Amber May 10, 10 10:30 AM
320.

My heart goes out to the american people in this devastation. Lest Pray we can help like we did for Haiti

Posted by g May 10, 10 11:04 AM
321.

What I have seen is real disatorous. I never would've thought this would ever happen. Tennesse usually doesn't get that kind of weather. We just usually get tornadoes and stuff like that. It makes me sad to see what hapeened to people's homes.

Posted by alisa May 10, 10 11:14 AM
322.

Where is George Bush and Bill Clinton? Are they still in Haiti? How many of our kids were killed in Afghanistan yesterday? Is the oil spill in the Gulf fixed yet? What is on sale this weekend at Target?

Posted by LT Bobby Ross May 10, 10 11:19 AM
323.

i live in the U.K. and iv just seen the pictures I FEEL FOR ALL OF YOU..

Posted by ian baker May 10, 10 12:04 PM
324.

Didn't read all the remarks but some need addressing that I did read. Yes, Oklahoma, the national news media did start doing a long story and pics about the flood 2 or 3 days after the fact. Before that, it was a mere mention and then went on the oil spill and the bomb scare. To the Netherlands writer, measures had been taken to prevent flooding but given 15-20 inches of rain in that short period it came over the levees. We have NEVER, EVER, had flooding of this magnitude. All the money spent on prevention cannot always prevent things like this happening. I pray you never have this sort of rainfall in so little time or you won't be so smug about the measusres your country has taken. To all the thousands of people that have helped us with your labor and your prayers, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You are all a blessing!

Posted by Anonymous May 10, 10 12:07 PM
325.

Thank you for covering the story, and for all the thoughts and prayers. If every news source covered the news the way you did, we in Nashville wouldnt feel so ignored....

Posted by Shea May 10, 10 12:13 PM
326.

Please ignore the post #293, whose "freethinker" has such terrible boundaries on his/her thinking. Prayer works, God is real, and we in middle Tennessee request all the prayers sent our way. Thank you.

Posted by KSB May 10, 10 12:33 PM
327.

I didn't realize that things were so bad in Nashville until a friend of mine sent me these pictures this morning. It just made me want to weep but so thankful too that there wasn't anymore deaths than there was.
I pray that God will be with each family and comfort them. I realize these material things can be taken from us so fast, but God will always be with us because He said that He would never leave us or forsake us.
Just continue to trust Him, I know He will see you through all this.
God just want us to learn to trust Him in everything.

Posted by Ann Goff May 10, 10 01:00 PM
328.

Que Dios les ampare, gobiernos y quer Los, comiencen Una Construir Las Ciudades en alto, y la Vez Que la ONU de no se quejen de Que Se esta acabando nep El Agua, Mejor que construyan represas párr juntar El Agua, ES UNA Que No Se Hagan Palabra gueyes Dejen de robar y uña de Las poblaciones de Santiago de Santiago de las Naciones Unidas Nivel Mundial.

Posted by LUIS RANGEL May 10, 10 01:39 PM
329.

Nashville is my hometown and my mom shared these pictures with me. I am so very thankful to God that the flooding was not any worse than it is/was. And, I pray that all of my fellow Tennessee(ans) will find peace and comfort during this time. With all of the love in my heart, I'm praying for you guys. Keep looking unto God.

Posted by Y.G. Davis May 10, 10 02:01 PM
330.

My prayers go out to all the people affected by this disaster. I believe the comments on the this blog relative to what happened in New Orleans and how people complained are rediculous. Our nation was hit by a tragic disaster again cheap shots at others who have already suffered this loss does not benefit the people of Tennessee at all. I can't understand for the life of me how people can be so dang small minded. If you want to encourage people just encourage them leave the extra negativiity out....
Peace , Blessings and God's speed Tenn.

Posted by Anonymous May 10, 10 02:24 PM
331.

The flood is very sad. People lost everything they had. This is a disaesterus crissit. I hope everyone is ok. We just need to be strong and have fath...

Posted by Raven Madison May 10, 10 02:42 PM
332.

As a native Nashvillian and GATOR fan I have never been more proud to say that I live in the VOLUNTEER state!

We don't need the media attention or for anyone to throw us a pity party. As widespread as the damages are thorughout the state were, it is truely heartwarming to see everyone band together. WE ARE NASHVILLE!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tim in Smyrna,TN May 10, 10 03:16 PM
333.

This is one of Americas' finest "melting pots". Shhhh!!, don't cry, The great city of Nashville will be on its feet again before you finish reading this. Can you imagine Tennessean's being called anything but; "Volunteers"?

Posted by Orien Rigney May 10, 10 03:34 PM
334.

I live in Alabama with hurricanes and floods and tornados. I think what you have gone through is much worse than anything I have seen here. Yours is so widespread.
Hopefully, our government will help you as they continually help other countries when disasters occur. I hope they are there for all Americans first! God Bless You. And, to the person who said there is no God, he need not pray when his time comes and he seeks help and forgiveness. Life would be so shallow without the hope and faith of having a God to meet someday.

Posted by Karen in Birmingham May 10, 10 03:50 PM
335.

I'm so sorry to see this happen. It's terrible when things like this happens, no matter where it's at. Are we(The USA) getting help from others , as we always give around the world? Nashville is a very important place for Country Music, I hope it doesn't take long for everyone to bounce back from this disaster. I do have family in that area that we haven't spoke with yet. I'm praying they are okay. Anyone know Phillip & Linda Wright? We are praying for you each day, as you try to clean up & get your lifes back.

Posted by Van (Wright) Reid May 10, 10 04:16 PM
336.

So the haters immediately come out to spew their poison. I read as many of these as I could. Just when my faith in people had been restored by the incredible acts of kindness I have witnessed here in Nashville, I read some of these and want to weep. I have to address some of the hafl truths and falsehoods.
1. To all those claiming superiority on our response as opposed to Haiti and New Orleans, I agree that the situations are very different and those imapcted differed in ability to access basic human needs. Find yourself without food or water for a few days and see what you do. But I am VERY proud how the people of our city and state have responded and immediately came to our aid without waiting for anyone else.
2. To all the tea bagging government haters - I am currently assisting a displaced disabled neighbor who had been able to live independently thanks to a monthly check recevied from our terrible government. I got her online to sign up with FEMA and the FEMA Rep was at her house 2 DAYS LATER, doing the damage assessment. I might also remind you that our wonderful Police, Firefighters and first responders are subsidized by our local, state and federal govenments. God Help us if they had not been there. If any of you would like to see to this ladies' needs from now on and cut out the Government middle man, please speak up.........???? (that's what I thought)
3. To the blogger who thinks that the liberal, pinko, commies only live in East Nashville - I beg to differ. Both Davidson and Shelby counties (Nashville and Memphis) went to Gore, Kerry and Obama in the last elections. Nashville has a Democrtic Mayor and we have a two term Democratic Governor. This liberal lives near the Airport, by the way.
4. To all you sweet people who chose to express well wishes and prayers - thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It means so much. To all the haters and finger pointers - why don't you channel some of that negative energy into helping those who need it.
5. Reach out to someone regardless if they vote red or blue, the color of their skin, Christian or non, American or other. We are all HUMAN BEINGS, and isn't that what God REALLY expects of us?

We are all going to be OK!


Posted by Proud Nashvillian May 10, 10 04:56 PM
337.

i live in nashville in the charlotte pike area i had very little water damage.but to those that had servere water damage and family and pet losses my prayers go out to you. be very thankful that your lives were spared.GOD is trying to get your attention letting you know that we need to come together and look out for our fellow man

Posted by linda wilson May 10, 10 04:58 PM
338.

God Bless Us All! Prayers are given to all involved.

Posted by Laura May 10, 10 05:06 PM
339.

wow i am just stuned by thoses pitures

Posted by michael May 10, 10 05:15 PM
340.

I have lived in Nashville all of my life and am not surprised by a few things that occurred over the last week. Media attention has always been focused on country music and white trash stereo-types here. Severe weather is a part of this area you just have to deal with. Neighbors helping neighbors and volunteering in The Volunteer State. I am proud of the example we are setting and for all of my friends scattered through the country you would do the same if you were here. It is just the only thing to do.

Posted by Kristian Morgan May 10, 10 05:16 PM
341.

I LOVE NASHVILLE TENNESSEE it is an awesome place it's so sad. :(

Posted by Anonymous May 10, 10 05:22 PM
342.

It's a good thing the Predators lost in the 1st round of the playoffs. Clearly, there are more pressing matters in Nashville.

Posted by Stu Warner May 10, 10 05:23 PM
343.

I love Nashville Tennessee.I am so sad that the mall got FLOODED and the OPRY LAND HOLTEL.It's gonna be at least a few years or more untill they get all of the stuff that was ruennd.I want mother earth to clean up her mess RIGHT NOW!!!!! I mean i love mother earth but she really needs to clean up her mess.anyway i'm SORRY for all the people that's home got FLOODED!!!!!!!! I LOVE U NASHVILLE TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Adison And Ashton Stone May 10, 10 05:38 PM
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Tennessee, My prayers are with you all for your safety and health, I have no doubt that you all will rebound from the floods. I read almost all of the comments and am truly amazed at the majority of them. Wishes of good and prayers of help, I am not surprised to see comments such as 293's, and whom ever you are 293 I feel more sorry for you than Tennessee, I will pray for your soul. "If you deny me I will deny you before the Father". If the Government doesn't help, no use whining about it just deal with it until its fixed through hard work and prayer. God bless you all.

Posted by stptbspls May 10, 10 06:13 PM
345.

I was born and lived N Tn. 4 the 1st 29 yrs of my life. It is still home 4 me and my relatives. I pray that God will intervene and make the waters recede quickly. I finally got 2 talk 2 my sis. and bro. and they R fine and so R some friends of mine. I pray 4 all of Nashville. I am in Hawaii now but I plan 2 come home soon. U guys hang N there. Let Jesus B UR guide and the waters will go down soon.

Posted by Bertha Bond-Rogers May 10, 10 06:32 PM
346.

im going to help fema get you guys city back together

Posted by Aaron Hogan May 10, 10 06:39 PM
347.

Another time, it might be us! While we enjoy balmy spring weather in north Florida, we won't forget to remember you in prayers. May some beautiful moments come out of your despair!

Posted by Evelyn Baldwin May 10, 10 07:03 PM
348.

My thoughts and prayers are with y'all in the Nashville and surrounding ares. I often visited Nashville and fell in love with it. Y'all are wonderful people and will make it through this. Love your Neighbors!

Posted by Greg May 10, 10 08:08 PM
349.

My son's and I use to live in Ohio so I consider all of us somewhat neighbors, Ohio will always be my home no matter what and I just want to let everyone know, I'm sorry for what you are going through. It breaks my heart to see the pictures of furniture sitting on the front lawn but life is so much more precious. May God Bless each and everyone one of you. My question is why haven't we seen more of this on the news across the country. Is there enough being done to help you? I sure haven't heard of semis sitting anywhere being filled up with clothing, food, medicine, necessities for all of you. Please, let's take care of our own!!!! What can we as U.S. citizens do to help? You are in my prayers.

Posted by Deb Copas May 10, 10 08:25 PM
350.

Great pics to tell the story...So happy to see that Volunteer spirit in TN since I live in KY...no blame game with FEMA or current WH administration for not getting them out or getting them shelter in a stadium...just rolled up the sleeves and got busy putting it back together again!

Posted by Karen May 10, 10 09:29 PM
351.

No words...God be with each and every one...

Posted by Patti May 10, 10 09:39 PM
352.

My sister and her family live there and thank god they were up high enough that they didn't get hurt ,we are praying for all those that did.

Posted by shirley rinberger May 10, 10 10:08 PM
353.

My prayers go out to everybody affected by the floods! God Bless You!

Posted by Sueann May 10, 10 10:32 PM
354.

It seems a shame to have this kind of damage and only two minutes of news coverage. There are probably to many tea party members living there to taken seriously by todays press. Lets rally up and send our support to TN.

Posted by Tim Holder May 10, 10 11:11 PM
355.

Why has the mainstream media not been covering this?? Is it because there is no looting going on? Is it because there is not a majority population that is a minority? Where is FEMA? Is the lack of support and aid going to be blamed on Bush too?

Posted by Angry American May 10, 10 11:30 PM
356.

I'll piggyback #305. I, too, have been helping down in Delray off White Bridge Rd. and have been at the same house since Wednesday and its just simply devastating over there. It is a much less wealthy area and its just the best little community down there. IT NEEDS MORE VOLUNTEERS though! Hands On Nashville has a tent set up on Delray St. so if you dont have gloves/mask or even a team of workers to work with, just show up there and ask for Tiffany. She can help you get plugged in to a house that desperately needs your help. I've lived in Nashville my entire life and have never been more proud to call it home :-)

Posted by Laura Lindsey May 11, 10 02:19 AM
357.

Borzasztóan sajnálom ami történt.Sok erőt kívánok mindenkinek.

Posted by Széli Ildikó May 11, 10 04:47 AM
358.

I understand that people are hurt and angry and have no one to lash out to, except God, which is generally not acceptable. Still...

For those of you who feel that you aren't getting better News Coverage because you are behaving better than the people in New Orleans, you are good people that help each other while "they" are beggars and looters who blame everyone but themselves...And for those of you who feel that you aren't getting anywhere near the coverage that Haiti got...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

First, there is no comparison to the loss of life. There simply is not. There is no comparison to the devastation. None at all. Also, no comparison to the actual length of time the disaster lasted or will last.

But that is NOT the POINT. You are probably not getting the coverage you would expect because there is an Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico that, if it gets in the Gulf Stream, will ruin the entire East Coast from Texas to Maine. Also, some lunatic planted a failed car bomb in Time Square. (If 911 happened the day after Katrina...there would be people stranded on their roof tops TODAY.)

Every life is precious. Each and every life. So it seems wicked to even have to compare the 30 souls lost in Nashville to the 210,000 souls lost in Haiti to the 1800 or so souls lost in Katrina...but even saying that makes its own statement.

You KNOW the Federal Government and the State of Tennessee is going to help out and get you all on your feet. As will your property insurance companies...although you may have to sue them. This is nothing new.

Take it from me. I am a Native Floridian. We get about 4 days of coverage for every hurricane. After the cameras leave, we're still here. After that last rain of storms, the rest of the country was angry that they would have to pay more for things like insurance because of us idiots who insist on living on the coast. I was hurt by that...

Posted by Taheerah May 11, 10 08:39 AM
359.

Someone said that this was Nashville's KATRINA. You talking property damage or about the dead bodies in the KATRINA aftermath? Yes, I feel for Tennessee too, but the loss of lives can't compare. I am sure those drowning people stuck in attics of their homes weren't thinking of their possessions that were destroyed.

(I am surprised someone hasn't blamed this on Bush.)

In two of the pictures captions read that the people were walking on the sidewlks. (#12 & #34). How did they KNOW they were even ON the sidewalks??

Posted by Patty May 11, 10 09:17 AM
360.

My prayers and blessings goto each one of you are feeling at this time. I Lord spared your lives and you may have lost everything that is precious and dear to you, but just keep your heads up, trust in the Lord and he will give you more thath what you had previously. God Bless.

Posted by Mary Merritt May 11, 10 09:41 AM
361.

It still amazes me how quickly we turn on each other in times like this. How can we compare our devastation to someone elses? If you lose your home or loved ones that's devastating to you. Should we not use this as a time to offer sympathy,prayers and support?

Posted by Lauren May 11, 10 10:27 AM
362.

My heart cries:(

Posted by Janey Gust May 11, 10 11:01 AM
363.

My thoughts are with you.
A french friend.

Posted by Zythom May 11, 10 11:11 AM
364.

Tennessee NATIVES are too well bred to be brought into petty discussions as to Katrina vs Hati. We just pull up our boot straps and get to work. For all you Carpetbaggers that has moved to our State ( always telling us how stupid we are) it would do well for you to help out or move on. We will survive without the negative vibes. What's this? You're still here? 65 runs North as well as it does South. Dang ya!!!!

Posted by Sandeater May 11, 10 11:39 AM
365.

A friend of mine just sent these unbelievable photos to me. God bless you all. I will support your efforts. Be safe, and God's speed to clean up this horrendous disaster!

Posted by Irish- May 11, 10 11:40 AM
366.

I am a former Tennesseean, and have an Uncle that lives in Cooksville and an Aunt and cousins in Memphis, and I thank God that he spared them and they're safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you that have experienced heartache and devestation, but The Lord will not give you more that you can handle.

Tennessee will survive and live to see another day and will have victory!!!

Posted by Debbie (Mehler) McInnis May 11, 10 01:00 PM
367.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GRAND OLD OPRY

Posted by PAYON AND LESZEK May 11, 10 01:17 PM
368.

I feel so sorry for the people in the flooded areas. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you the strength and fortitude to see you through this tough time. When it seems there is no where to turn. Look up for God is always looking down on His people.

Posted by Chuck Bavier May 11, 10 03:30 PM
369.

We lived in Nashville 16 years. That was 35 years ago and we've never gotten it out of our system. It's the one place we've said we could go back to and pick up where we left off. Nashvillians are resolute people and will withstand this. In the meantime, our prayers and our hearts go out to them. They are wonderful people and Nashville will rise again. That's just the kind of community it is.

Posted by Jim May 11, 10 04:05 PM
370.

I live in Mississippi but have wanted to move to Nashville/Franklin area for the last 5 years! I still want to move there....I love that area and the people there made me feel so welcomed. I was working for a company doing some business at the Factory in Franklin and I just loved the area. I pray that the people there will hold strong and have strength and courage to rebuild and move forward. Maybe one day I will live there too!

Posted by Sherry May 11, 10 04:07 PM
371.

Maybe the media would pay more attention to Nashville's Noah-like floods if people writing these comments would proofread their letters. As a former teacher of Language Arts, I am appalled by the number of errors.

Posted by Dorothy R. Shock May 11, 10 04:18 PM
372.

I haved lived in Alton, IL most of my life. It is a Mississippi River town near St Louis Mo. We have had our share of floods over the years from the Mississippi so I can sympathize with the Tennessians. It is hard but you will make it especially with the spirt of teamwork you all have. The person who said there is no God is so wrong. You are the Volunteer State, so live up to your name and God will do the rest.

Posted by karen mondin May 11, 10 04:20 PM
373.

I'm a 7th generation Tennessean - but have lived in Atlanta most of my adult life - still consider Nashville home! Regarding the comparision with Katrina - those people had five - count them - five days warning to get out of NO. They CHOSE to sit and wait for someone else to do for them what they could have done for themselves. Get off their asses and get out of town and to help those who could not help themselves!!! The floods in TN would have been bigger news had the people been rioting and looting - but then they would have been justified in the minds of most media (not FOX)!

Posted by Janis May 11, 10 05:25 PM
374.

The show must go on........
To the person who asked "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GRAND OLD OPRY" the show is definitely going on. There were 2 of 3 shows that were cancelled but 2 or 3 days after the flood the show continued. The Grand Old Opry show is temporarily being performed at either the War Memorial Auditorium or the Ryman (which was the original home of the Grand Old Opry).

I am a Nashville native and was so blessed to not be affected by the flooding but have many friends and co-workers who were. The out pouring of love and kindness from people helping each other restores faith in the basic human nature. I would like to speak for all Nashvillians and say THANKS to all who have helped in any way, whether physically or by prayers. They don't call us the Volunteer State for nothing. People are helping people everywhere.

Posted by Karen Lamb May 11, 10 05:42 PM
375.

For everyone out there who had something to say bad about my Nashville. Shame on every one of you. Every city and county in this state comes together during any kind of disaster. You know why. Because we are Southern Born and Southern Bred. We have manners and respect for each other. We were raised to help someone before you help youself.So all of you who has something negative to say , Yall , yes I said Yall need to come and visit and learn about respect and love for each other. And you will leave Nashville a better person

Posted by Laurie M. Nashville / Fairview Tn. May 11, 10 05:44 PM
376.

My comment is for post 277 we have not suggested this is as bad as new orleans by no means it it! but at least we had the since to get out of our homes before it got really bad and helped get neighbors and whom ever out thats probably the main reason we had no more that 20 plus deaths.. that's enough for me but it's not over yet if you remember we are still missing some. hope you were not flooded it's a devastating thing to go through. no matter how bad so just be thankful that you made it out and go help someone i have as well as my entire family helped others before repairing ours that's selfish and priceless..... i still say some in new orleans that refused to leave was not a smart thing.. also fema money to purchase large TV's etc instead of food/clothes etc?? making it hard for some of us to get help?

Posted by scrappydoo May 11, 10 06:19 PM
377.

We have enough with the wars going on and now this. My heart and prayers goes out to these poor people I hope they get help soon.

Posted by LHB May 11, 10 06:30 PM
378.

I cannot imagine what these folks went through. Unless you are there - with them its impossible to imagine the emotions, the hurt and pain they are feeling. I can only wish and pray that everyone is safe and that they can create some form of normalcy as soon as possible.
Blessings to you all.

Posted by Frank Guzzo May 11, 10 07:14 PM
379.

My thoughts and prayers are with our Nashville family. May God Bless all of you that are affected by this disaster.

Posted by F Myles May 11, 10 07:43 PM
380.

I sure hope our government helps these people out. I had only a flood in my basement once and ruined a lot of furniture and photos but, this is drastic.

Posted by glenda cunard May 11, 10 08:10 PM
381.

We deserve this....global warming effects in play. When will we wake up and learn?
See the big picture........until we do something to save earth - such natural disaster is bound to return :(

Posted by Richard T May 11, 10 10:32 PM
382.

wheres all the movies stars .......ill tell u where in other countrys helping them not here where they made there money from americans ....hey penn why arent u here raiseing money for the americans in the states that got hit hard?

Posted by tom May 11, 10 11:25 PM
383.

There was so much damage in other area's also. Loretta Lynn;s Ranch in .Humphrey's County; Waverly, Tn is devastating. As well as homes and businesses, Many other counties had terrible damage. Nashville is a great place, but it's not the only place suffering. Let us not forget everyone that has had devastation.

Posted by Bucky May 12, 10 12:20 AM
384.

I was horrified by the devastation caused by the flooding but moreso by the lack of recognition to the surrounding areas that were affected. We have 2 daughters living in cities near Nashville and had no idea that they too were suffering as much as those in Nashville. I realize the BIG money is in the city but for heaven's sake there still should have been recognition of the outside devastation. God Bless all the affected residents and I hope and pray that relief is soon and sufficient.

Posted by Sherry Fee May 12, 10 08:49 AM
385.

I PRAY FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS AFFECT BY THE FLOODING. JUST KNOW GOD HAS A REASON FOR EVERYTHING HE DOES AND HE MAKE NO MISTAKES. LET US PRAISE HIM ON CREDIT FOR THE NEW THING HE IS GOING TO BLESS YOU. IF HE CAN TAKE YOU THROUGHT IT HE CAN BRING YOU THOUGHT IT. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.

Posted by YVETTA BROWN May 12, 10 12:38 PM
386.

i live in lebanon and i see only the pictures oh!! my heart cries

Posted by hana from lebanon May 12, 10 04:00 PM
387.

My God Bles Everyone,Give you all peace to cope with the situation.Keep on Praying, God will take care each and evreyone in has time.

Posted by David May 12, 10 04:11 PM
388.

I know people were upset that the new media could not get here sooner and I know some people think its silly that we pray and that we worship and still believe in God. We praise him in hood times and praise him in bad. I do not ask that you believe what I believe but know this, we care about each other and we care about our neighbors and our city cares and there as been very little looting or violence so if God what ever you conceive God to be and prayer can take care of that and we are doing for each other in the way Christ esbablished then whats wrong with that. We will recover and thrive again.

Posted by Anonymous May 12, 10 04:44 PM
389.

We live in Clarksville, Tn and like other counties in the area we were hard hit also, for the better part of a week we had no idea what was happening here, everything on T.V. and the radio was about Nashville. There are many business' trying to dig out as well as homes. We are thankful we live above the floodplane.

Posted by Forest Wall May 12, 10 05:10 PM
390.

God Bless all of you in Tenn. I am from NC and never seen anything so alful. My heart goes out to you and the most we ALL can do is give to the Red Cross to help these poor people.

Posted by JR May 12, 10 06:04 PM
391.

God bless you all and your recovery! Godspeed here from SLC, UT.

Posted by steve May 12, 10 07:33 PM
392.

From a former Nashvillian, it is sad to see familiar sights suffering from the water and water damage in these pictures. I still have 3 children and other relatives in the Nashville area, one of which barely escaped the flooding in the Neely's Bend Road area. Water from the Cumberland came up to the back porch. Her neighbors were not so lucky. All were busy helping neighbors load furniture out of the houses and into rented vans. It's still hard to imagine the magnitude of the damage and the displacement of people. The Volunteers of Tennessee will rise again.

Posted by Richard Guyn May 12, 10 08:06 PM
393.

My Prayers are with you all.

Posted by Ruth Trevino May 12, 10 08:39 PM
394.

SANDEATER-YOU SAID IT BEST...AS A FORMER TENNESSEAN, NOW IN FLORIDA, I KNOW THE BOOT STRAPS WILL BE TIGHTENED AND THE PEOPLE IN THE HARD HIT AREAS WILL COME TOGETHER TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES AND COMMUNITIES. MY HEART GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU. REMEMBER-"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted by BECKY HURST MORRIS May 12, 10 10:52 PM
395.

I live in Brookfield, Wisconsin and received this email from a friend in the military out East. I want to thank him for his dedication to his country and the compassionate, sympathtic heart that he extends to the suffering. This is a time for all of us to respond with whatever we can give. Our pastor, Rev. Butler raised a donation for the suffering people affected by the storm in TN last Sunday. I thank God for a caring pastor.
We are praying God's Blessings of peace, comfort and shelter to all those who are in need. Berta L. Harrison

Posted by Anonymous May 12, 10 11:23 PM
396.

Sorry

Posted by Ray Carter Mi. May 12, 10 11:36 PM
397.

God save the earth.Please people stop polluting.Save the environment.Then only environment will let us live.

Posted by Varun May 12, 10 11:38 PM
398.

I sit here ten days after. On Sat (1) I knew there might be problems. My daughter-in-law was bringing our grand-daughter over. I was concerned about rising water. At 10 I knew they could not get back. Sunday I got up and fixed breakfast for all as the rain continued to fall. Around 11:00 the power flickered and then went out for good. The roads around our subdivision were all closed. As the rain was continuing to fall, we played games with our grand-daughter. I ventured out into the neighborhood and was stunned with the flood that was impacting my neighbors. It rose to within two houses of us. We could not go any where! After finally escaping through Leipers Fork via the Natchez Trace to get to Franklin to access I-65 to Nashville I was able to return Emma to her Dad. And also to see my other Grand-daughter visiting from Indianapolis. After traveling to Memphis to get a generator from my brother-in-law we returned to find our power had just come back on. But luckily we found others that had a need. The next days were spent assisting others that had been more impacted. The pictures do not do justice to the damage or the the "Volunteer Spirit" I experienced. My time was limited, so I fixed hot dogs for any one who wanted one. 150 dogs later, I had to leave to get my wife to PT. But the looks on all those volunteers that were helping as they took a break from helping the flooded to grab a "Dog" will live with me forever. The Volunteer Spirit at work! God was truly at work!

Posted by Robert May 12, 10 11:42 PM
399.

So sorry for everyone having to go through this, I will be praying for you, We had flood her in NC 10yrs ago but no ways this bad!!! I really think the govermerment could step in, and the Insurance companies are ripping people off saling them coverage dont need but want sale flood ins??? also to #293 think it is selfish and evil of you to try to promote your non religion and beliefs and make people feel, worse by voicing your opinion, When god and prayers is the only thing holding these people together, and Prayer does work ask, some of those people that were saved, and mircles happen too everyday!!!!
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND HE IS REAL AND GOOD, HE GIVES AND TAKES LIVES AND SAVES, AND WHEN HE TAKES THOSE HE TAKES ITS FOR A REASON!!!! GOD BLESS TN

Posted by Misty Langston May 13, 10 12:23 AM
400.

This is definitely due to climatic changes that our MOTHER EARTH is experiencing Bcoz of Global Warming. We all are responsible for this, So atleast now let us take an initiative to stop this from getting worse.

Posted by Augustus Caesar Santhom May 13, 10 01:09 AM
401.

God bless you all. This is heart breaking that the news, other than Fox News, has barely touched your plight. I wish I knew how to reach you all to help ...

Posted by Marydon May 13, 10 01:11 AM
402.

i love

Posted by Anonymous May 13, 10 09:37 AM
403.

May The Sun Shine Down And Dry Up All Your Rain.....

Posted by Thomas Whitman May 13, 10 10:16 AM
404.

I am a Native Tennessean and a lover of Nashville! Thank God for the combined efforts of the Nashville community....It's nice to see that people were able to remain focused on action rather than thinking about what the governement should do to help. Not to say that the government shouldn't help, but they should not be the main source. The main source should come from each others neighbor, the helpers in the community (counselors, police officers, firefighters, etc), and of course GOD! God Bless You All...I know that the city will be back together soon!

Posted by trock May 13, 10 10:58 AM
405.

this is gina beck from westport washington you probably dont know where that is, but our church is praying for all of you and we dont know how we can help but we will try to help with what we can, all of south beach christian center is thinking of you.

Posted by gina May 13, 10 11:24 AM
406.

I am a very lucky survivor of the flood.My entire neighborhood flooded and my home was spared because of prayers and a slightly higher lot. I had lake front property for about 24hrs! Thank you all for the prayers for Nashville. We are true Volunteers and this spirit is evident everywhere here. I'm sure all those song writers down town will have some good fodder for country tunes!

Posted by Melanie May 13, 10 02:00 PM
407.

It's sad that a disaster happening in the United States doesn't get as much attention or help as a country that is thousands of miles away. I agree we should try to help all people in need, but America has been helping other countries and people more than they do in our own counrty. This is even true for starving people. There are commecials and fund raisers for starving people in all countries and we send money and have benefits for them, when we all can go in our hometowns here in America and find plenty of children and people that need that same help. Lets get our priority's in line America.

Posted by Jonathan May 13, 10 03:01 PM
408.

This is so sad. My husband son and I were in Nashville last July. It heart breaking to see a place so grand in this condition.

Posted by L Rogers May 13, 10 03:41 PM
409.

First of all, Dorothy (language of arts guru) #371, you obviously don't give a crap about humanity, just proper spelling and grammar. Trust me, I know them both well, as I have several technical certificates, a Bachelor's and 2 Master's degrees. Why the heck you would chastise the caring sentiments of all of these offers of uplifting thoughts is beyond my comprehension. I can tell you are astute (how is my spelling?), but you need to have heart surgery, as in, have one put in. What kind of jerk writes a letter that basically says, yes, this is the most devastating thing to hit your city in 100 years, but you need to use proper grammar. Do you even have a pulse? I guess without a heart you cannot. I live here in Nashville. I believe you do not and I am thankful for this. I do not know if your posting was in gest...I pray it was. If Heaven is reserved only for the gramatically correct, you are a shoe-in. Otherwise, look closely at other areas that need addressing. Has it occured to you that maybe some people just want to get their feelings out as quickly as possible to uplift our community? Maybe some are just poor spellers. Who gives a crap. Their points are better taken than yours. I could go on forever about your complete disregard for humanity but I will not. I have refrained from using deeper verbiage because you would spend 8 hours picking it apart. I have not spell checked this ON PURPOSE for your enjoyment. Have fun picking everyone apart......

Posted by Chris in Nashville May 13, 10 03:53 PM
410.

I used to live in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Can someone let me know if that area is alright? I had to move away 3 years ago, but I have dear buds that live there and I can't bare it if anything happened to them. Let me know as soon as you can. Thank you!

Posted by Ruth Jamieson May 13, 10 05:38 PM
411.

I live in California and I hadn't heard anything about this on the news and my cousin in Nashville let me know about this. Some of these pictures are just heart-wrenching. I am so terribly sorry for the pain and suffering that these losses have caused to the people there in, and around Nashville. My prayers are with all of you there. Like some of the people who have written in, I am very proud of all of those who are pulling together to help each other without complaint. It warms my heart and reassures me that there are still some real true Americans out there. May God Bless you all and keep you safe.

Posted by Colleen Willmann May 13, 10 06:30 PM
412.

We are Nashville! We are a great community helping our friends and neighbors! We love where we live and we are proud. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Keep them coming and send some people our way to help! We Nashvillians will be living this flood for a long time but we stand strong!

Posted by cara May 13, 10 06:39 PM
413.

Boston Globe....THANK YOU for covering the pictures of our flood! I live about 3 blocks away from all the devastation in Bellevue. There are sad stories that I could go on for hours telling you about. THANK YOU to everyone that has sent prayers and well wishes. I just don't know what those that live on fixed incomes (elderly) or those that are unemployed due to the economy are going to do to recover. We are having fundraisers yes, but the money is going to the local red cross, local churches that helped, etc. How about the people themselves??? Their insurance will not cover their furniture or clothes or cars.....and neither will FEMA. FEMA is giving them just enough to get the drywall back up and new floors.....then the owners are left to pay the rest.....with what??? I don't agree with the person that said Nashville will do it by ourselves....we DO need financial help....these people need financial help....not a small business loan that they have to pay back on fixed incomes or worse, unemployment checks or even welfare checks. I AM angry that our country can dole out so much money to other countries for their disasters but not take care of their own people that are paying the government's salaries!!! Excuse if there are any typos or grammatical errors....

Posted by Kathy Hansen May 13, 10 06:49 PM
414.

I have heart felt sympathy for everyone in the Nashville area and all affected by this massive flood.
The magnitude of your loss will be felt for a very long time.
We have heard nothing negative about the way Tennesseans are handling this horrific situation.
You have shown your courage, dignity and grace.
God bless!

Posted by Teresa G. May 13, 10 07:44 PM
415.

I live in Nashville just a few blocks from the flooding on Harding Road
(Kroger / Belle Meade area). I was out of the country during the "Great Flood" and truly was amazed at these pictures. A friend from Chattanooga sent them to me. Yes, we WILL pitch in and help our neighbors; this is NASHVILLE.

Posted by MARIE NOWELL May 13, 10 11:12 PM
416.

Our great city of Nashville and many of our surrounding areas in Tennessee was flooded. There are neighbors saving and helping neighbors. The love that has been felt is tremendous. FEMA IS helping, but can only help if people registered as required. Unfortunately there are many in the poorer parts and non English speaking people who have had no assistance due to the fact that they just didn't know what to do. As it becomes knowledge, help is being sent to them as well. Our local paper has been so informative with phone numbers and such. And NO, Bush, Clinton, Gore nor Obama is being blamed for this disaster. The narrow-minded people who like to stir things up are the ones who continue with this kind of CRAP. And Obama has not been here. But the people who need to come in have. Please bashers, STOP. Give us a chance to get our great city and state back together We love it. The country music industry has been great helping and Jerry Seinfield in putting on a sold out show tomorrow night and donating the proceeds. The Love Continues.

Posted by Joyce Wolfe May 13, 10 11:36 PM
417.

I live in Nashville and was out of town in Carolina when this happened, and was lucky that my house was in a location where it got minimal flooding, although things on bottom racks were wet when I came back and had to be hung out. My friends were affected more, though, having to move recording studio equipment out and redo floors, and one friend who had just moved to lower ground lost everything. I had moved from a house right on the Stones River which was amazing to see overflowed its banks so high, and that place was a lake when I saw it. It made me realize all the great things we have going in this Music City that has such a legacy, when all the honky tonks and Grand Ole Opry was closed, and heirloom and priceless instruments lost, musicians out of work. We need to love and embrace and get out there and live every day, it can all be gone tomorrow. Love your community, appreciate it. Nashville isn't just about rednecks, it is a legacy of music beyond that that has no compare. I just saw Loretta Lynn at the GOO the last weekend before it was flooded because you never know how long any of us will be here. Nashville has a happy, strong, self-sufficient spirit, and southern hospitality. Everywhere you go people are like family or neighbors, they talk and share experiences like this and recover. I don't hear complaining. This city has a great heart and is still down home. So all I have to say is when we get dried up and fixed up again, Y'ALL COME

Posted by Cole May 14, 10 12:03 AM
418.

Wenn man diese Bilder sieht, ist klar was die Menschen da erlebt haben.
Aus der Entfernung bleibt da auf alle Fälle den Mut zuzusprechen, dass es wieder gut werden möge.
Dass die Behörden helfen und der Schaden schnell behoben wird.
In Gedanken bin ich bei den Menschen und schließe sie in meine Gebete ein.


Posted by E. H. Li... May 14, 10 05:26 AM
419.

I am so sorry for your Problins. Our payers are with you. May God Bless you.

Posted by Anonymous May 14, 10 08:49 AM
420.

I'm from Maryland. I love visiting Nashville. It's rough seeing such a beautiful place go through something like this. Those pictures are tough to look at. But God will bring all of you through. My deepest condolences to all whose relatives and friends died during this catastrophy.

Posted by Keith May 14, 10 09:53 AM
421.

I pray for the lost Souls who died or got hurt in the flooding. I pray to God that he will bless each and every one of you and bless your finances. I can only amagin the pain and discomfort you all feel and bare.
May God bless you all.
Mack, in Pasco Washington.

Posted by Mack Varnes May 14, 10 11:09 AM
422.

I am proud of Nashville. We ARE the Volunteer State. Even the FEMA rep here yesterday told me, in her seven years of working disasters she has never seen such a quick clean up. She was amazed at the generousity and selfless giving of our people. People brought out their grills and cooked, set up tents, coordinated clean up crews, helped haul trash. Our daughter's home is next to one featured in this slide show and the first day after the water subsided, a crew from a local church came around and asked if they wanted their carpet torn out, so dozens went to work and minutes later moved on to the next home. I've lived in (and loved) Iowa, Michigan, and California, but I call Nashville home and am proud to say I'm a Nashvillian!

Posted by Michele May 14, 10 11:22 AM
423.

i from jackson tenn i saw these picture my heart went out to ever one u are in prayerss

Posted by linda madsen May 14, 10 11:23 AM
424.

Today is a beautiful day if you woke up on this side of life...so with my sincere gratitude and deep concern for you all who have suffered such a great loss, I pray God will keep your hearts and minds while you begin the process of rebuilding. I promise to find a worthy form of help and donate.

Posted by Marcia May 14, 10 11:59 AM
425.

May God keep all of you safe! In Him all things are possible!

Posted by N. Ferris May 14, 10 02:08 PM
426.

I feel truly sorry for those people. Lets hope FEMA doesn't get involved, It will be years before the city is back to normal (looking back at New Orleans). My wishes for a speedy recovery and gods blessings go out to you all. Don P, San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Posted by Don Pierce May 14, 10 02:09 PM
427.

I really love Tennessee. It is my home but I live in East Tennessee and when I hear the news, I was truly sadend.

Posted by Kelsey May 14, 10 02:10 PM
428.

I've lived a very lucky life because I've lived where I've limited the possible things that can go wrong. Where I live in Australia fire is our main threat and possibly high winds. I don't understand why if people have a choice they choose to live in areas that ask for disasters to occur. I know that in many cases they have no choice but in many cases they do. For example living along fault lines or places that are built basically below sea level or near volcanoes. Forget about praying, it's a waste of time. I feel sorry for all involved but they must question their choice to live where they do.

Posted by Sumner Berg May 14, 10 06:29 PM
429.

I feel so bad for everyone that lost their homes and vehicles because of the flooding! I hope that help reaches them all very soon.

Posted by Vernie Johnson May 15, 10 10:07 AM
430.

So proud of the attitude of the Nashville and Tennessee
residents. True Americans with both love and grit
in the same package!! Blessings to all of you from
Florida.

Posted by Gail Granger May 15, 10 11:24 AM
431.

THIS IS SO HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT SEEING IT, MAKES ME A BELIEVER.

Posted by COLLEEN LOZIER May 15, 10 02:01 PM
432.

Wow, my dad is here for work right now to help these people. my prayers go out to all of you. I can only imagine....

Posted by Ken's Kid Brianna P. May 15, 10 03:14 PM
433.

The End Is Near!!!

Posted by End Game May 15, 10 03:28 PM
434.

It's so terrible that this has happened, it is not due to global warming or an act of god .... simply lousy weather.

Hang in there, can't get much worse.

Posted by Tim Boger May 15, 10 06:04 PM
435.

I was born in Nashville, possibly around the time some of your grandparents were born. I attended elementary school, high school, college and graduate school in Nashville. I love the city, and I feel great sorrow and concern for everyone affected by the flood in Nashville and in the entire state. I now live very far away and could not be there to help, but I have corresponded with several people to stay aware of the problems there.

I admire the spirit of the people but agree that some assistance from people around the area and even from farther away will be needed to help recover from such huge disaster.

For Chris, I have to back Dorothy to some degree. There is nothing wrong with having empathetic feelings AND being able to spell and use the language correctly. At the same time I have to acknowledge that it is only partly the fault of the people. The remaining fault is in a system which allows students to do slipshod work and not to learn the basics which prepare them for being able to cope with life at a proper level. A lot of kids drop out of school and never finish, and a high percentage of those who do are not competent in English or basic mathematics. A very large percentage of college freshmen are required to take remedial courses just to reach the levels in English and math that they were supposed to have reached in high school.

So Chris didn't spell check? With all that education, why should he need to? (But there ARE errors!) What would he do if spell checkers were not around?

Posted by Bob May 15, 10 09:27 PM
436.

Bob (435)
Actually I did spell check before I submitted 409. I just saw no reason to change the errors I knew were there. To elicit a response maybe? It worked. But seriously, I do respect both of your opinions. It is just painful to get through all of the pictures. Tensions are a bit high. Yes there are errors. Thanks for finding "Waldo". Maybe there are some here. Once again, nobody is perfect. But I am big enough to stand corrected. I just believe there are bigger issues at hand. In the world of these types of editorials there is a 100 percent rate of disagreement (just read the Tennessean). Once again, I understand both of your points. People just don't like to be unnecessarily chastised. But I do thank you for the kind sentiments at the beginning of your post. Apropos of nothing, I have never written in response to anyone before. I also have no problem with disagreement.
Cheers and God bless to both you and Dorothy
P.S. I did proofread this but if you find a mistake, to heck with it, I wrote a 7 page paper an hour ago and am tired. I get graded on it.....not this.

Posted by Chris in Nashville May 15, 10 11:39 PM
437.

Has to be the worst feeling in the world

Posted by Joe G May 16, 10 07:51 AM
438.

We have lived in Nashville, Franklin, and Clarksville and are really sad to see all this damage. But the saddest thing is it was either preventable or could have been less damaging if public officials had not been asleep at the controls. The flood of 1929 had waters FIVE FEET higher that the 2010 flood. So, this should have been no surprise to public officials, assuming they were paying attention to protecting the public instead of getting re-elected or protecting their own jobs. I would suggest that those public officials and employees who can be found responsible for allowing this to happen be prosecuted or at least sent to a Burger King to flip burgers.

Posted by Bill May 16, 10 10:17 AM
439.

God Bless Tennessee! That State is an example to us all! They didn't grovel, and they didn't beg for assistance! Good old-fashioned "we can help ourselves" attitude! Where is it these days? I love Nashville, and now, more than ever, am proud to say that I am an "honorary" Nashvillian!

Posted by Dee Venneri May 16, 10 02:07 PM
440.

The flooding reminds believers of organic, Hebrew scripture, of several passages, dealing with floods and reminders of 'the last days.'
But also they remind of man's eternal help, always available, when
calling upon the sacred name, 'Yahweh.' Read Psalm 124, only 8 verses.
-- 4: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: -- 8: Our help is in the name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth. /// Sadly, most modern 'translations' have deleted the original, sacred names -- names when invoked promise safety and protection.

Posted by thomas parke May 16, 10 06:24 PM
441.

And I don't hear anything about looting. Hummm.

Posted by Stevent.222 May 16, 10 09:09 PM
442.

i visited this place almost every year for the past three years and just loved it there im so sad i wanted to go there again and with gods prayers i will again i just love this place and still do hope to visit soon god bless all it is such a tradgety to me ,my prayers are with you all.

Posted by karen from mansfield ohio May 16, 10 09:50 PM
443.

Hey Nashville, Knoxville here just wanted to let you guys know that the people of Bookwalter United Methodist Church here in Knoxville are praying for you and that our Conference is sending help. We admire your faith and the way you all are helping each other, the same thing could happen here because we sit on a River, several Rivers as well.
In Christ,
Russ

Posted by Russ Young May 17, 10 08:33 AM
444.

wow this is so crazy and i feel how up set people are cause im 17 and i live in mcminnville tennessee and this really sucks

Posted by Hope Parmeter May 17, 10 08:42 AM
445.

hlep them dont just stilled there people need help these days if ti was u wat wood u do thank now come on u wood do the some thing to thank about the kids that need help no mom no dad no nothing sead something to the people to help them out put them frist :) cynthina cole hlep the one u love the most :) of your life

Posted by kyana williams May 17, 10 09:51 AM
446.

so crazy right here sad to me wow :) cynthina ~*~*~~~*~ 2010~**~*^~~**^*^*^^^^^2009^***^~~~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~~*

Posted by kyana williams May 17, 10 09:54 AM
447.

Thats awful thats an awesome city i love it there thats the best place I have ever been to. I feel so sad inside 10 people are dead.

Posted by ashton May 17, 10 11:22 AM
448.

I have friends who live near Nashville and thank God they are fine. But I do feel bad about the flooding that has happened. The photos that I received are deviastating and I pray that everyone is OK. No news has come about anything else that has happened there because of the flood. Bless all of you who live there and who are helping.

Posted by Barbara Mullen May 17, 10 01:30 PM
449.

I am working in the Pennington Bend area between Opryland Hotel and the Cumberland River , trying to help these folk reclaim their lives . The pictures do not begin to show the real damage done by this epic flood. Yet these folk all still smile and continue on with their life as if this is just a small setback .You folks are some of the strongest willed people I have ever met . I would also like to say thankyou so much to the American Red Cross who every day , bring in hot meals to the residents and the workers . God bless you and all the people who have helped make this cleanup much less taxing to the GREAT FOLKS of Tennessee .

Posted by Joe May 17, 10 04:06 PM
450.

owch it is soooooooooooo sad i have a freind who lives near there i hope she is ok

Posted by gabby May 17, 10 06:16 PM
451.

You will overcome because people in TN respect each other demand nothing from the Gov.. They help each other and praise God always. Just about the only place left where GOD is prominent. They are getting help from one another & from country stars without demanding to be seen & have their pictures taken so the news media don't want to write about the good Godly people and how they stand together. Yes they will overcome this ALONE and with GOD's help..

Posted by M. kans May 17, 10 08:21 PM
452.

I have lived in Georgia for 52 years but I love and have strong ties to Mid-Tennessee. I was born the youngest of nine, during the Great Depression in a house located in midst what is now Cool Springs Development in Williamson County. My father’s farm was a land grant for service in the Revolutionary war. I attended the one room Mallory School on Mallory Lane which was located in middle of the Mall area today. I caught crawdads and loggerheads in the creek that runs through Cool Springs Mall, fished the Harpeth River and camped on the Cumberland. In my 77 years never have I seen any flooding to compare with this one. Not even close. Mallory School burned in my second grade so I rode my one eyed pony to a makeshift school at the Del Rio Club Dance Hall on Franklin and Moore’s Mill roads. Some kind soul let me pasture my mount in their pasture each day. My roots are deep in Middle Tennessee. Having attended Lipscomb University, and serving in the Korean War I moved to Georgia. I expect to be buried in a small grave yard at the foot of Sliders Nob on this land grant near my grandfather, brother, sister. And other family. Yes, my family in Nashville area was affected by the flood. A grand Niece, not really knowing the real danger, made a “wrong” turn on a downtown Nashville street and quickly found her car in water. She wisely exited the car just to see it disappear, floating down the Cumberland. My heart breaks to hear of a number of deaths, and see the destruction. Yes, it is total disaster when it affects you or me personally. Many, many suffered total disaster. But it is the usual Mid-TN attitude that standsout. I am not surprised as it is a long tradition for neighbor to help neighbors during time of need. During depression times a hobo riding the L&N rails would never be refused a plate of beans, cornbread or bowl of soup from my mother or other farm families. It was just the thing to do. I am proud this tradition continues. I am not surprised that the current administration in DC has given little attention toward Nashville. After all you are a Christian conservative community and voted wrong. There has been little looting, whining or blaming or really expecting big government hand-outs as has happened in more politically correct situations. You are to be commended. It happened so quickly and you had little time to prepare. You have handled the disaster with grace. After all, Nashville is the city of churches, so many people and churches show real concern for their neighbors. I hear the outpouring of help and concern is unbelievable. Yes, it is believable because you are an unusual community. No, I did not see much national news, with a few exceptions, about Nashville/Franklin. You are not on Washington’s radar. There are no words to console those who have suffered such great losses except, God Bless. What else can we say? Your spirit is something to make us proud. Bob
bpwalters@bellsouth.net



Posted by Bob May 18, 10 12:44 AM
453.

My wife and I live in No. Calif on a mountain top. We don't have floods,
but we have survived 4 wild fires in 15 years. Both are devastating, but
with a wild fire like 1994 we lost our home and everything, but I still believe
after viewing the flood damage that Tennessee has a harder row to plow.
The fire comes and goes and you rebuild, but the flood damage lingers on
and on.
What is important is the human spirit that refuses to buckle by Gods grace
we can handle anything and we will, bless you all or is it ya'll

Posted by Gil Gilbertson May 18, 10 02:01 AM
454.

Wow this is so crazy . I was just there with my family I hope there all ok . O and im in school . And they have a boat so i hope there cool :) . I love school :)

Posted by JImmy Gordon May 18, 10 09:43 AM
455.

that cruzy right there no way teneesse have flood out and uest to live there but i moveing balck there now i do wat to but i have to becoues my family still there so i have to help them out to get out of there im live in madson teneesse and ti rain so much up here but ti never flood up here

Posted by kyana. L . williams May 18, 10 09:44 AM
456.

so sad to me to see ti :(

Posted by kyana. L . williams May 18, 10 09:45 AM
457.

I have just viewed the devasting pictures of the horrible flood damage. Our prayers are with all of you. We only thank God there were not a lot of lives lost!! Would love to send some donations. Money is scarce but could donate many nice clothes and dishes, etc.Does anyone know how we can accomlish this?? May God watch over all of you.

Posted by Gretchen Davis May 18, 10 11:04 AM
458.

I am also proud of the people of Nashville, however where was, and is Fema? where is the president? do you not have any Muslims living in Nashville? Obama needs to get his butt down there and get some relief going for the people of Nashville, they vote too! Where are the telethons hollywood? Don't even see this on mainstream TV but we saw Haiti for weeks and they still want us to send money to that corrupt nation. Where do we send funds for our own beloved Americans? GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Posted by Judi Bowman May 18, 10 11:54 AM
459.

Donations need to go to these wonderful people: http://www.hon.org. As a native Tennessean, I grew up in Memphis and moved to Nashville 5 years ago, and I wouldn't change a thing. Tennessee has been nothing but good to me and my family, through thick and thin. We've all suffered something in our lives. What has happened in Davidson county (Nashville and close surrounding cities/towns) and the other 51 counties considered disaster areas is no comparison to any other natural disaster that anywhere else has had, it is it's own disaster. I've read in different places that this has been the worst non-hurricane natural disaster in U.S. history in financial damages, but it's hard to think otherwise when you look at the severity of the situation. I live on a decent hill in East Nashville and the Cumberland river, usually a mile away from my house, rose to a quarter of a mile from my house. It rocked and destroyed everything in it's path, and not only are our historic structures destroyed but our economy is shaken as well with some of the more "tourist-y" venues destroyed. Some of my very closest friends that live in parts of north, south, east, and west Nashville have lost everything. Bellevue, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Franklin, and cities and towns in all of the other counties are rocked. I've lost pay days at work to volunteer to help these people out, because Lord knows we need it.

Posted by katherine May 18, 10 12:59 PM
460.

God Bless Tennessee, and get them back on their feet in no time! :)

Posted by Tammy May 18, 10 02:07 PM
461.

I do not live in TN, but I think it is awesome to see people who will pick up the pieces and move on with life without crying because the government is nowhere in sight. You are to be commended. Someone brought you up with a good work ethic....something we sadly cannot brag of in other places.
I do not believe in global warming. Just a personal thing. I think it is a political campaign issue. I do believe we should take care of the world God gave us. So maybe we are all somewhere together, even if we fight over why.
Simply put, God bless you guys and gals as you clean up from this terrible mess.

Posted by Stan May 18, 10 03:41 PM
462.

Awful things and really sorry for them and Keep pray the Lord protect and also Great FEMA and Government Cost of them alot of money.

Posted by CSS May 18, 10 04:02 PM
463.

Awful things and really sorry for them and Keep pray the Lord protect and also Great FEMA and Government Cost of them alot of money.

Posted by CSS May 18, 10 04:08 PM
464.

I live in Nashville and have been out and about the last several days and find that
the people here are even nicer than before the flood, if that is possible.

Thanks for all of your good wishes and kind compliments.

Incidentally, FEMA was here early and is all over the place, giving help on a very timely basis.

Posted by Jeffrey J. Wells May 18, 10 08:14 PM
465.

God Bless each and every person that has suffered loss from this flooding! God Bless the good hearted volunteers that are lending a hand so generously to their neighbors. Sending prayers of healing and protection to you all.

Posted by Elizabeth May 18, 10 09:28 PM
466.

One picture is worth more than a thousand words. I pray for all strugging to recover from the losses of the storm! Prayer is needed everywhere for all the people who are making a difference.!

Posted by Anonymous May 18, 10 11:19 PM
467.

I could NOT BELIEVE the blog I read posted on May 11th by Dorothy Shock, the former Language Arts teacher, who was "so appalled" by the number of errors written on comments to the media by the citizens of Nashville. Where is your human compassion?? These good folks are devastated by this flood event. Some have lost everything they have and some have even lost their lives and all you seemed to be concerned about is their grammer?!! UNBELIEVEABLE....

Posted by Denise Peeler Vickrey May 19, 10 09:58 AM
468.

climate change, it's everywhere, god or no god - whatever you believe - there's no blame, what has happened has for all kinds of causes most likely too complicated to understand. may all those affected find calm in their hearts, safety and the help they very much are in need of. we all need to reach out in ways we can, not lose compassion but to let it grow in times like these. let's forget about 'why' and lend a kind helping hand.

Posted by carla May 19, 10 11:54 AM
469.

Dorothy Shock is one cold-hearted woman.

Posted by cheryl May 19, 10 12:15 PM
470.

Thank God my house did not get flooded bt i have a friend who house got flooded.. her family lost everything

Posted by prisca mapangala May 19, 10 12:44 PM
471.

nobody is fully cold-hearted at their core, but we are all hurting one way or another at times - it is part of being human. so, why waste time by name calling or judging? instead, why not take the energy of fear or anger and put it towards helping the ones who are in crisis? it helps us too - plus it feels good.

Posted by Anonymous May 19, 10 12:47 PM
472.

I am a resident of Hendersonville, TN, northeast of Nashville. I work at Bass Pro Shops at Opry Mills. I found this link through flickr. Thanks for publishing the pictures. At least someone on the east coast knew Nashville was in trouble, unlike our pinheaded president who never came to look at the damage. Thank you Boston and Mr. Taylor.

Posted by "Wild" Bill Stidham May 20, 10 12:47 AM
473.

wow!

Posted by jen May 20, 10 05:11 PM
474.

In regards to post #371:
Many of the people posting on these forums are posting from i-phones. I know at your age, you may not be familiar with this piece of technology, but they're rather difficult to type on. Some of those commenting may be working, eating, talking, or carrying on with other activities, while posting at the same time. Some are from other countries and their errors could easily be due to a language barrier. No one could say how old any of these posters are, either. One of these posts came from my eight year old nephew. Yes, there were three grammatical errors in his post. I'm sorry his post was so "appalling" to you.
Had we informed everyone that they would be graded on their post, I'm fairly certain their grammar would have improved. However, considering this is not a school assignment and these are not your students, I find your statement to be prematurely judgemental and absolutely heartless. This aside from being completely irrelevant to the topic at hand. Have you ever criticized any of your students for their inability to stay on topic?
Basically, I find your post "appalling".

My heart goes out to everyone dealing with this tragedy. I pray your loved ones are safe and your troubles subside as quickly as possible. May you find the strength to move forward, regardless of your grammatical abilities, and overcome all that stands in your way. The limited amount of coverage the media has given this devastating event has only revealed what an angelic and kind hearted community you all live in. I tremendously miss Tennessee, but it's no comparison to how much I miss the people.

Posted by Jennifer May 20, 10 09:03 PM
475.

In regards to post #474....AMEN!
You go girl!!!
I hope this is grammatically correct.

Posted by Jim May 20, 10 10:48 PM
476.

Don't get hooked on a "like new" used car. All these soaked cars are going to be dried out and "Made good as new used car and shipped out of state to sell to unsuspecting people. Believe me, you do not want one of these dried out junkers.

Posted by Anonymous May 21, 10 02:31 PM
477.

FROM SOUTH AFRICA...WE HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE TRAGIC FLOOD IN TN; BUT ONLY THE MAGNIFICENT FOTOS AND WRITE-UPS REVEALS THE MAGNITUDE OF THE AWFUL DEVASTATION;
SOME SCENES ARE TRULY AWESOME, AND ONE CAN ONLY FEEL
DEEPLY FOR THESE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE. IT WILL PASS, BUT
OFFICIALS MUST RECOGNISE THE SIGNS; DO NOT BLAME THE CREATOR GOD;IT IS CLEAR THAT IF NATURE IS ABUSED IT WILL HIT BACK. WATER IS A POWERFUL FORCE, bless you Ralph Robert

Posted by RALPH ROBERT May 21, 10 05:07 PM
478.

I was born in Tennessee but at this time dont think I should be
burried in Tennessee. Too much water. I may float away.
Love to all. God Bless

Posted by Ted Lafever May 22, 10 07:16 PM
479.

This is what downtown Burlington, Iowa looked like the first spring i move here, two and half years ago. My heart goes out to all of you who have lost your homes, your 'stuff', and most especially to those who lost loved ones. We shake our heads, and say, "Oh, Lord, have mercy." I pray He has mercy on you all there, and sends a heapin helpin of sun and wind, to get the process speeded up for y'all to dry out. I so wish I could be there to give you a hug as the tears flow, and the questions come. Yet, through it all, as one comment said above... i see God's hand clearly in it; protecting from what could have been so much worse. When the Mississippi overflowed, you couldn't walk in the water it was so full of sewage and other nasty things. I praise our Creator, God, for sparing you in all that He chose to; and thank Him that more were not lost. God bless you all there, and grant that this disaster brings lost souls, in their hopeless helpless frustration and despair, into His Kingdom of Love and Life. The only Kingdom that makes sense any more in this crazy world. Love to all, from Him and me.

Posted by Pam Rice May 24, 10 04:05 AM
480.

@ poster 472 - I live in Antioch, TN and thank God I didn't have any damage, but my heart bleeds for those who had a drop or feet of water to deal with. Sorry you lost your job or maybe had to get your hands dirty from cleaning up the Bass Pro Shop. I hope everything was spared at your home.

But, your comment about the President was totally uncalled for. No, one made nasty, snide comments about the "C" GPA President George Bush that took this country down. So, what the President didn't fly over Tennessee, the pictures say enough. Bush let the people of New Orleans stay there for days before he had any knowledge of anything that was happened. Now, New Orleans got way more media coverage then Tennessee did. At least that "pinhead president" (as you would call him) released some funds in adequate time for this state to recover.

He's still the president (and will be for another 3 years) regardless to how you feel about him. Maybe you and the residents of Hendersonville should have voted for short arm McCain and that idiot lady who can't complete a task.

To the people who are dealing with the tragedy of the flood, my continued prayers are with you and your families. Recovery is long and slow but our city/state will recover.

Posted by Andrea Moore May 24, 10 02:19 PM
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my frend lives there hope shes k

Posted by Anonymous May 24, 10 03:54 PM
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My mom is up in clarksville. They got it just as bad. Fortunately it didnt flood where she was living.

Posted by Anonymous May 24, 10 04:44 PM
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I feel sick looking at the devastation - but mostly angry. VERY little of this has been shown on any of the major media - WHY? This is certainly comparable to Katrina. I note that BILLIONS were appropriated for Haiti the other day - inserted into a supplemental bill for war. Haiti has received billions in donations during the first few weeks --nobody knows where it has gone? People still living in tents - made of sheets/cardboard. We also just sent Israel $2.75 billion partial payment on the $30 bill promised during campaign. Now we have the New Orleans/Gulf oil blowout with no end in sight. Poor Tenn seems to have been swept under the rug! HORRIFIC photos. My son is leaving tomorrow to help folks - we packed up 50 bags of food. It's not much - hope it helps.

Posted by Yankee228 May 25, 10 01:11 PM
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God help them come out from the crisis. Wish you get well soon..! I will pray the God.

Posted by Siva May 26, 10 08:28 AM
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Looks like our president cares about as much for the residents of the Gulf Coast as he does about us Tennesseans. Many in my state lost everything and Mr. Obama didn't even care enough to come. Guess he can't lower himself to mingle with the great unwashed - unless he feels it might boost his dismal approval rating. Way to go, intellectual elitist!

Posted by TNgirl May 26, 10 09:45 AM
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oh god.. i am surprised to see that so much happened in such a short duration.. i guess we cannot fight with nature no matter how prepared or equipped we are.. no one can do anything in face of nature and its fury

Posted by AboutCabinets Blog May 26, 10 02:19 PM
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Posted by J.SOBERON May 27, 10 09:51 AM
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We all think things are more than we can take at times."Then we see this"! My most heart felt thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone.God bless and be beside you all in your recovery.

Posted by Karen LeFevere May 27, 10 11:34 AM
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Dorothy R. Shock, comment #371: Okay, you're "a former teacher of Language Arts." For decades now I've been an editor, copy editor, and proofreader, and I tell you: there are times when spelling is not the most important thing going on. It isn't even the most important thing when you're teaching Language Arts, and it definitely doesn't have top priority in a flood. Second, reporters have to deal with nonstandard language all the time. So do the people who edit the stories reporters turn in. And third, if you're appalled by the errors in this comment thread, and you also believe it's an appropriate time and place to lecture people on their spelling, I think you must be new to online forums. If so, I can only say welcome, and please try to bear in mind that in this universe of discourse, authentic communication frequently trumps orthography.

Posted by Teresa Nielsen Hayden May 27, 10 03:55 PM
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I live here in Nashville , Tn. I have never in my Life seen a flood hit our town til now. My Family and I are ok. Everyone has reached out to help everyone. Its scarey at times but its amazing how many people have lost everything. Iv taken so many pictures and I still to this day look back and my saddess kicks in. Its hard to let go such a feeling. We still have Stores that have to fully be torn down and rebuilt theres homes now to where Families can't go back too. Everyone of coarse has a money issue at this moment. But, Fema is out to HELP us all. Its just a straight Blessing that we made it threw it though. My hobby is fishing and we could catch fish in Stadium parking lot even in THE ME

Posted by Anonymous May 28, 10 12:33 PM
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i feel for those who lost every thing so sad but if you just look around at things happening the end is near i do believe

Posted by Anonymous May 29, 10 10:32 AM
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I live here in Nashville. Thankfully my family and I were okay. However many people were not and there are plenty of horror stories from local's.

This is not as bad as Katrina. I went and assisted with Katrina when it happened. Nashville's flood was not as wide spread. However, as bold as it seems to say, Katrina had a long warning time and many refused to leave. Not to mention the state response to the disaster was really to blame more than the Fed. They gambled with the funding to keep that sort of flood from happening and the rain came knocking on their door. Any city built below sea level and surrounded by water on 3 sides should be aware of the risk. Which they claimed they were, but their preventive measures were lacking to say the least.

This came to Nashville as spring thunderstorms and within hours turned into an emergency flood evacuation. Still people came out of the wood work locally to help out. No one waited for someone else to do the job for them. We don't need the president to come see. That would be a nice gesture, but really is it going to help?

The following week, everyone got up, took a deep breath, went to work and cleaned up. Right now the Wild Horse ( which was flooded ) has show's scheduled as usual and downtown is hopping again. No time wasted. Just proof that it's a strong city w/strong residents regardless of color or political view I'm proud to say I'm from Nashville.

Posted by Joseph May 29, 10 04:18 PM
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I live in Illinois but dad was "rough, tough Texan" and I have great respect for Tennesseeans (is that a word?). You people are a special kind of tough, just like he was. I knew you all would pull together, help your neighbors and trust the God that created this awesome Earth to give you the strength to get through this. I am ashamed of the media in this country (except Fox) for ignoring your plight. Because you are not on your roofs blaming government, looting your neighbors and rioting, they are not interested. God helps those that help themselves so you will be blessed. What baffles me even more is that you folks did not get the advantage of 2 or 3 weeks advance notice that you would certainly be hit and should evacuate. Like a tornado compared to a hurricane, you can only react; not plan enough in advance to board up windows, put personal belongings in storage, place pets in shelters, arrange evacuation or emergency plans and routes...God Bless and Keep You Safe and Strong!!!

Posted by Gussie May 30, 10 02:17 AM
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Having grown up in Nashville, I was horrified to hear/read about the extent of the flooding. May God watch over those famailies of the deceased and those who lost little or everything in the flood. You're not forgotten. Unfortunately the flooding story was lost in the 24-hour news cycle due to the attempted bombing in New York and the BP debacle in the Gulf.

This is in response to comment # 01 above. MSNBC and CNN gave lots of coverage to the fllooding in Nashville; Keith Olbermann dedicated an entire segment to the Nashville floods. Any attempt by Fox to pretend as if it were the only network to cover the flloods in disingenuous.

Posted by Michael June 1, 10 08:56 AM
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My daughter and family live in the NASHVILLE area. Luckily, they weren't hit but their old home was flooded. They, of course had to deal with it in their daily lives of work and school. I am proud of my daughter, Stacy Moore, who spent her Mother's Day delivering water to those in need. I have visited and I am totally in love with Nashville, Tennessee and other cities I have visited. I am so sorry for the devastation this BEAUTIFUL city has been hit with and the loss of life. GOD BLESS and comfort all who are suffering. Tennesseeans, I am PROUD of how you have conducted yourselves in these hard and devastating times.

Posted by Michelle Bellinger June 4, 10 01:29 PM
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NCneighbor: 12 inches of rain would devastate most towns and cities. The cost to rebuild and the public health implications are huge. We are having a fundraiser here in Durham to raise money to send to Nashville. Please don't attempt to wade or walk through the flood waters.

Posted by Rosan Hutter June 4, 10 05:07 PM
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I am a resident of Bellevue TN, I live only a few blocks from all who were affected in the Bellevue area.I was lucky I was spared the devistation.I waited it out and kept watch and remember WELL the FEAR, will it reach me? I am somewhat,on now,in years and wondered how I and others would get out.I was never so close to any natural disaster in my life and never realized the magnitude before.When I got out and started to see for my self the devistation I was beside my self! I was heart sick and greatfull at the same time! Not a comfortable feeling.My heart and prayers go out all who were affected.GOD BLESS. In responce to ;457 the lady who would like to give clothes & dishes to the flood victoms,my sugestion is maybe churches or local groups such as,The Lions Club or Salvation Army,ect could offer some sugestions, good luck and thank you.I know that places like The American Red Cross can only take cash. You might look into asking FEMA for information,I hear they are set up on sawyerbrown road,off 70s in Bellevue. I am proud to see Tennessee people helping each other with such love.GOD BLESS.

Posted by Patty June 5, 10 04:00 PM
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Don't ask the gov't for help. They only help the ones who can help themselves and their buddies in their administration.

Posted by Phebee June 5, 10 06:51 PM
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Where's the President? Is there no political benefit in helping Tennessee?Why has the national news pretty much ignored fhis? I had no idea the flooding was so bad until I spoke to someone going on vacation to the flooded area. I lived through a flood as a child - it's devastating in too many ways to count. God bless!

Posted by paula June 6, 10 08:00 AM
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I am the wife of the Belle Meade officer that was rescued. Thank you to the Metro Rescue Squad for bringing him home to us!! We are truly blessed!

Posted by Debbie June 15, 10 06:59 AM
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I represent Oneheart. which is a non profit organization that collects good clean used furniture, clothing, household & anything else that goes in a home. We then deliver it & give it away to anyone that needs it. We have enough to fill two 26' Penske trucks & would like to know who to contact where we can do the most good. Our website is oneheartperiod.org Rev. Mary Ann Brown started the program & we have hauled many loads into the Appalachia area. We feel that there must be an area that could really use this merchandise. Please reply with any information as to contacts to work things out.

Posted by Fons D. Thorum June 17, 10 10:39 AM
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Thank God that Nashville has came a long ways since that day...

Posted by Anonymous June 20, 10 08:05 PM
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I am truly shocked. I live in Chattanooga and did not know the flooding was so awful. I have read many of the comments about how the people of Nashville are helping each other. These are a great bunch of people.

Posted by Joyce Ann June 23, 10 11:09 PM
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I love Nashville, but to see it flooded is terrible!!! I'm only 11 years old ,but I feel so sorry for those people. My backyard flooded, but my house didn't. On May 4, my dad and I helped clear debris from the flooded homes. These people that I didn't even know were so greatfull to see us.

Posted by keegan June 25, 10 08:54 AM
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i feel so sad. i wil pray to god that all should survive may god bless u

Posted by sai vaishnavi June 27, 10 03:05 AM
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I love tennesse, we got threw the flood, and the snow. Hopefully we will gey through whatever comes our way! Love America!

- Bailey M. W. ( i am 11) hehe

Posted by Bailey June 28, 10 06:15 PM
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Thanks to the volunteers who helped my daughter, my sister, and myself. All three homes were affected, and my sister's home was a total loss. We are rebuilding using flood insurance (thankfully) for my daughter's home, my sister is using flood insurance to find a new home (her home cannot be rebuilt) and I had to use retirement funds for my own. A lot of people donated to the Red Cross, but as a flood survivor - I feel the Red Cross was not able to meet the needs of the community as a whole. The meals and shelter that they provided helped a fraction of those affected. All I got from them was a broom and a mop (AFTER!!! AFTER, I mudded out my daughter's and my own home), and a bag of the smallest miniatures of toiletries. I also received one boxed meal that did not have any nutritional value whatsoever-was really kinda gross. I didn't get a box from them after that, I walked to the Logan's Restaurant stand, the Waste Management Grill, and the church stands in order to get nutritious meals...The organizations that helped the most are the local churches (esp. Catholic Charities (staying for 6 mos.) and Harpeth Heights Baptist), Hands On Nashville, Service International (a MO faith-based org.). And, don't get me started on FEMA/SBA-whatever!!!!! Just saying this to say that after this experience, I will never again donate to the Red Cross (RC). And, I have heard that sentiment more than once, in fact, an older woman told me that her relative a WWII soldier, had to pay for donuts from the RC. Thank God, our family lives in Nashville - with the help from no fees for permits, sales tax breaks, and the organizations listed above, plus just the ordinary people who showed up at our doors and just started working, people we had never met before - with their help we were given hope! Without those kindhearted souls, the mothers and their children walking around passing out baked goods and water (you couldn't walk out your door without being offered water, bagged lunches, BBQ sandwhiches, fruit, snacks, etc.) without this, I and others would have given up in despair! Thank you VOLUNTEERS! We still have a way to go to get back to normal, but we will never be the same as before, we will be renewed and better than ever!

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 10 10:09 AM
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it's amazing how weak we are compared to nature, that we are currently living in Monterrey, Mexico

Posted by Beto Palacios July 8, 10 06:13 PM
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im sorry bless all of you

Posted by Anonymous July 21, 10 03:24 PM
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hi i live in tenneesse i remember when the whole thing started i was watching a movie at the movie theater and we had to go out to the hall because there where tornado watches it was awful yes thay let us back in the movie but when we came out we had to go through back roads because the water was up to my head in some areas i remember seeing people looking at there houses and bursting into tears it was a horrific site we went into town that day and i saw a car shop completely under water our square was under water u had to get boats or rafts to ride through town it was awful our schools an d churches came together and pulled it off we patched tenneesse up keep us in your prayers thanks

Posted by keaton reece July 29, 10 11:20 AM
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I'm only 12, but I know how fortunate I am. This flood was in our nieghborhood, only about a football field away from our brand new home. It came about 10 feet away from my friend's home. Some of our nieghbors had flood damage. Our street turned into a waterway. It's a good thing our house is on a slight hill. It was scary. My dad, though he lives in Coffee County, had bad flood damage. There is a creek behind his house, only 30 feet behind. He was poor enough as it was, and then he had to buy new tools and supplies for his self-run company.

Posted by Holly G August 5, 10 04:21 PM
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IAM SO SORRY FOR NASHVILLE TENNESSEE!

Posted by SHA August 8, 10 06:18 PM
513.

Prayers for Tennesseeans. Sorry for your suffering. Tomorrow will be a better day.

Posted by Sunshine August 20, 10 12:49 AM
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Wow these pictures are really bad. Lady with who found out that her grandma's bible that was destroyed, Im so sorry.

Posted by Juanye August 29, 10 12:27 PM
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I lived in Hartsville when all this happened. Its a shame no one came to help us out. No wonder why we are called the Volunteer State. You would think for as much as we do for others, they would do for us. This was something no one could predict to happen but it happened. Next time may be people will learn to help us like we have helped them. I live in Louisiana now and NO ONE has heard about the flood that hit us. Now that really shows how far the news goes and who cares. I am deeply sorry to those who lost special things to them. I was one and I know how it feels.

Posted by Michelle Rogers September 3, 10 10:04 AM
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hi

Posted by anwar khan September 24, 10 05:14 AM
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I feel sorry for Summer Berg living in Australia #428 saying "Prayer is a waste of time". Doesn't she realize its by the grace of God that we are even here? My prayers go out to all those that have suffered through the May flood. It will take time AND prayer to get through. May God Bless and Keep Each and Every One:)

Posted by Teresa Lampley October 13, 10 01:02 PM
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The rest of the story: October 15, 2010; The waters went down, at least the majority of us got busy cleaning all the damage up with the help of whords of wonderful people. Looting was very minor, but any looting is bad, especially when people drive by and gather up all the appliances that someone is planning to clean and hopefully reuse; then there were the contractors (?) who did half a job and screwed up the other half and left the scene with most of the poor victims money; then there are the theives who drive by stealing new windows and doors from job sites. Yes, the police are out patroling in droves, but these people are very watchful and very savey---they know when to get in and get out, little weasle is watching our every move. Good side; churches are still in business of helping anyone that needs help, some of them are helping correct the screwed up jobs and get some folks back on track. FEMA has been wonderful, at least on our end of the block. Opryland Hotel will be up and running by November , so ya'll come see us, we are open for business. Nashville is well ahead of the game. Thanks to all you folks who turned out for us. We love you !!!!

Posted by Patty Adkisson October 15, 10 06:00 PM
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that is soooooooooo devastating OMG I have a friend that is in that OMG I hope he is OK

Posted by Marcus Grantham December 2, 10 12:22 PM
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I loved reading everyone's comments. It really brings tears to my eyes. Yes, Nashville has come along way since that first Saturday in May. My little child and I were surrounded by water watching the devastation in I-24 live on TV. We watched while people drowned just 3 miles from our house. I felt so helpless...I was heartbroken. As soon as we had a bit of dry land to make a path, we went to the exit below us to help stranded visitors trying to make it through other states: Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois. We gave them extra money for gas or coffee since they had been stalled on the interstates for hours and hours. We wrote down areas of hotels that would be safe for them because they were getting tired. This was around 8pm The following day for the next 3 weeks, my child and I went to random neighborhoods to help people: clean out garages, rooms, haul trash. We brought water, hand sanitizers, etc. We wanted to help others, but it was overwhelming the people who were doing the same as us! People from all over other counties driving to and stopping to help the specials needs of people. These people were distraught, saddened, nervous, etc. There was so much for them to do and so little time. There were people walking by house to house handing out lunches, water, love, hugs, etc. It was amazing how people showed their love for each other as if we were all family and that is just what you are suppose to do. I know isn't bad to say that I was proud, but I feel saying that doesn't do it justice. It was the feeling of GOD being totally around you and everyone as if he was right there with all of us holding our hands making us feel like everything was going to be alright. I am so thankful that I have grown up in a community that doesn't ask "why didn't someone help us", but what can I do to help others??? If you want to want help, start contributing yourself, and others will follow. The spirit we have in Nashville is warm, giving, loving, and fun! We don't have to tell people we love each other, we show it by helping you even if we don't know your name or where you came from. We don't care, we were brought up this way. God Bless you all in Nashville and California who is going through similar issues currently as TN did that first Saturday in May of 2010.

Posted by RGBM December 21, 10 07:27 PM
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My home is one in these pics that stood 5 days in 7 ft of water,thbwhite house by it's self a pic taken from the helicopter, we lost everything, i was blessed to have recieved many from fema,but i have accumilated a lot of debt over thrying to rebuild our home, my husband passed in 2001, i have a special needs daughter and this has nearly ruined my finances, it's so hard even after getting back home, replacing everything, i would like to know just where all this billions of dollars is from the benefits etc for the flood victims and family, why can't we have a small share of it, i do believe it was for the flood victims, any amount would help pay debt from this flood, i really don't think it's asking to much for help, i have never had to ask for help but come on i would like someone to give me a answer to this. i have worked for metro for 32 yrs

Posted by Kaye Spence January 2, 11 03:10 AM
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i feel that god is going to bless the broken. this is very tragic and i hope everything will come out alright. just keep praying and god will take control

Posted by serae jackson February 3, 11 11:18 AM
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My basement got flooded and many homes were lost, but God blessed us by bringing Nashville together. The next day when I looked outside and saw the devastation I remember my heart sinking, and seeing all those crying faces. But then when I went and helped those whose houses got flooded with 4 feet of water I didn't feel sadness, I felt hope.

Posted by Bailey February 10, 11 08:51 PM
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I am so sorry i feel so horrible i wish it happened to me not you guys!!!!!! :)

Posted by A Person February 22, 11 02:39 PM
525.

This is awful. I will pray for the people in Tennessee tonight. Lord please help them.

Posted by Lucy March 24, 11 09:43 PM
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THIS IS A DEVASTATING AREA AND I DIDNT THINK IT WAS THIS

Posted by LANDON CORDELL March 25, 11 01:09 PM
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i hope everybody in nashville is ok because my grandma lives there.

Posted by sabrina April 6, 11 05:27 PM
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Wish Everybody Well, God Is With Yall !

Posted by Kovin April 7, 11 02:56 PM
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GOD BLESS the people of tennessee!! your in my thoughts and prayers!

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Posted by Geammavog May 9, 11 10:23 AM
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I'm sorryu

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