Nashville experiencing historic floods!!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Nashville is experiencing unprecidented historic Katrina-level floods!!!

I lost touch recently because my dad had a stroke & my MIL fell and broke her hip. Whew! We're dealing with all the care-giving, trying to figure out what to do and how to pay for things. My dad lives in Oklahoma and my MIL in Alabama.

NOW- my city, Nashville, is experiencing unprecidented historic Katrina-level floods!!!

Corp of Engineers declared this flood to be a 1-in-1000-year flood!!! 13.75 inches of rain within 32 hours.

I'm okay but almost got stranded Saturday. I had volunteered to Face Paint, rain or shine, at a park on the other side of Nashville. I left at 2pm after it had rained hard all day long, completely clueless to the disaster Nashville was about to face. I had to drive through four high-water areas to reach my house safely (thank God for my SUV that sits a little higher). One underpass I had to travel around had three cars floating w/ water up to their roofs... I thought the cars were stranded but I later found out a man died inside.

This video shows the area I barely made it through, only 2 miles from my home. If I had left the park I was at even 30 minutes later, one of these cars might've been mine.

Here's a quick overview, showing only about 10% of the flood areas in this quick video.

I'm so grateful... my home barely escaped flooding. We live near a lake and the water came to the edge of our street.

I've been too preoccupied to get on the computer, glued to the local news for all the "don't use water" warnings, "stay off the streets," and volunteer opportunities, etc. It's crazy here, scary, and many lost everything, house, cars, businesses, paperwork, everything.

I'm committed to begin my weight-loss efforts again full-force and I thank God for all of you!
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    Camille ~ I had no idea that it was so bad!!!! The pics on TV don't do it justice!!!! I should know that after going through the 1993 flood on the Mississippi by St. Louis!!!! My folks lost everything, their home, business, & all their stuff!!!! It was BAD!!!!

    I am SO GLAD that you made it home okay!!!! You are in my t's&p's!!!!

    Hugzz ~ Jae
    4054 days ago
    Camille, glad you made it home safely. It has been so scary the last few days with so much devastation! Absolutely heartbreaking. I haven't even been out yet to see first hand any of the damage. I'll be driving past some today and I'm not looking forward to it.
    Nashville is resilient tho, and will come back a stronger, closer city.
    4060 days ago
    Glad you made it home and stayed dry. We're on Percy Priest,
    I've never seen it so high at the dam even on the release side -in less than a couple of hours that lower lot was under water. If it had continued to rain wondered if the dam would have spilled over because on the lake side it was high enough to fish from the parking lot.

    Folks, the video of the class room floating would be perfect definition of flash flood...I wish they would do a time lapse of how quickly the water rose and spilled to the other side.

    Camille, hugs to you...keep that great smile while dealing with all that you're going through.
    4060 days ago
    Camille, I am keeping you in my prayers along with everyone in your area. This looks horrendous on the news and I hope you get through it without damage. I can't imagine this disaster in beautiful Nashville. Please be careful.

    4060 days ago
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    Oh my gosh Camille just watched some of the videos...soooo glad you are safe and sound!!!!
    4060 days ago
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