Efforts continue all over the state to battle flood waters and unfortunately, national mainstream media has pretty much ignored the thousands of displaced people and economic damage the state has endured. With that said, the state has shown a great deal of grit and heart in helping each other and taking care of itself.
It has been social media that has told the tale of Nashville’s rising river with coordination on Twitter that has proven that these social media tools have a great deal of value during a crisis.
For anyone that loves this state and it’s rich heritage, the sight of seeing the Grand Old Opry, the Opryland Hotel, Riverfront Park, the Schermerhorn, Bridgestone Arena and even LP field (which looks like a soup bowl) submerged in filthy water is almost too much to bear. And on a more intimate level, looking at photographs of lost picture and personal items tells of what the cost is emotionally, and that we have truly seen the biggest disaster in my home state that I’ve seen in my lifetime.
A call to arms on Twitter brought volunteers, bloggers and candidates to the MetroCenter levee last night to sandbag. It was amazing seeing the story told in real time. Faint Gray Lines has a round-up of what happened around dusk yesterday in Nashville.
The danger of flooding is not over. Earlier this morning, WKRN reported that raw sewage is floating in Riverfront Park. And Dyersburg is sandbagging too to save Southtown businesses from the rising waters of the Forked Deer River.
WPLN has new pictures of the past three days in Nashville.
GoldnI and Brittney Gilbert share my sentiments regarding my former hometown of Nashville. We were hungry for news on Nashville and we couldn’t get it. Brittney’s family had to be evacuated. She did what I did. Refreshed Twitter every five seconds.
The flood and tornado damage in west Tennessee is spotlighted quite well at the Jackson Sun.
Gov. Phil Bredesen asks for federal assistance in 52 counties.
And it’s not over. That’s the hard part to understand for the entire state.
The hard part is just getting started.