It’s been five days since the rain came. In part of this state, you wouldn’t know that Nashville, Dyersburg, Clarksville, Cheatham County and other smaller places are still underwater. The rivers and creeks are receding but the damage in this state in insurmountable. Nashville alone is looking at $1 billion dollars in damage. For those of us who avoided getting wet, we have watched this crisis unfold with horror and amazement. We continue to wonder what will happen next.
This is a disaster that will hit us in phases as we said yesterday.
Different communities will have different needs. Our state budget was a mess before but now we are looking at the realities are that we haven’t seen anything yet.
Yet the spirit of many good and decent people has been awe-inspiring.
- Rep. Mike Turner was honored yesterday for his rescue efforts at his day job. Just reading the resolution makes me like him even more than I already did.
- Gail Kerr says to grasp your courage.
- Shelby and Tipton Counties have been added to the federal disaster relief list.
- I’ve been following Dyersburg on Twitter. Here is one comment I found that deserves a look.
- Hickman County could be without water for months.
- It’s not much and was thrown together rather quickly in where we threw up a quick freebie blog for resources. It became rather frustrating trying to find resources for west Tennessee. It was Roy Herron kind who saved the day with a list of comprehensive resources for West Tennessee. Go Roy Go! We will just park that blog there. It won’t be updated much but at least it’s there.
- Haywood County was hit not once, but twice.
- A quote from Ashland City: “The news isn’t really covering our area, so these are probably better than you’ll get anywhere,” wrote Rachel Ray, the Ashland City resident who took the photo. “Tell the news to get their asses over here so the govt can realize what kind of mess we really are in.” The picture is astounding.
- Rep. Jim Cooper has created a guide to help folks fill out FEMA papers.
- Here is where the Red Cross donation money is going. They also need help in Wilson County.
- Here is another comprehensive list from Dyersburg called Dyer Disaster. There is a list of resources on shelter and what happened.