Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tennessee Flood - May 2010

The last several days have just been so hard for me to wrap my head around. The flooding in Tennessee is so horrific and I break down in tears every time I see footage of the damage. Several counties are still considered dangerous flood zones because the water has not gone down enough. I feel very, very, very thankful to be alive and to have all of my family, pets, friends, and belongings safe from the flood. It literally breaks my heart into pieces to know about all of the people that have lost everything and have lost family members, friends, and pets.

With the world of social networking, it's been a great way for all of us to keep each other informed and connected to what has happened to our home. I am proud to be from a state where everyone has come together so quickly to do what they can to help. People risking their lives in the flood waters to save other people. Unbelievable.

But for now, the recovery has begun. Still many without power and water but everyone is pitching in to help. I volunteered today at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN to sort through food that will be put together for flood victims. It was a lot of work but it really was awesome to see a group of 40 something strangers get together and work together so quickly to go through pallets and pallets and pallets of food.

Friday is going to be a lot harder for me. My friend and co-worker, Larissa, and I are going to Bellevue, TN to help with flood debris cleanup. It was one of the hardest hit areas and from what I have already seen on TV, the residents really need the help sorting through their belongings. It's going to be a lot of hard work but I am glad that I can help in any way I can.

I love my state.

(Picture from tennessean.com)

2 comments:

Yoj said...

I think it's awesome you're heading out there- every hand helps. :) It's been hard for me to get up to TN lately and now I miss it more than ever. Seeing this all unfold from a different state has made me feel helpless.

Amber said...

Some friends of mine moved to Arizona last year because of a job. And it's killing them to be so far away. :( I know I'm only one person but I have been posting and reposting as much information as I can to let people know what they can do.