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flood anniversary


River Plantation (Bellevue), Nashville, TN. May 8, 2010

Today arguably represents the 2-year anniversary of the 2010 Nashville flooding. 13.57 inches of rain fell between the two days on May 1st and 2nd, and water began entering people’s homes and businesses. I thought about posting here one of the more eerie, picturesque photos of downtown Nashville without power and full of water. Pretty pictures, maybe, but those photos don’t really capture the true losses of the flooding. Those businesses quickly hired equipment and people, pumped the water out, cut their losses, and were back in business before too long. The hardest hit and longest affected areas, of course, were the least visible, and there was nothing pretty about it.

The photo above reflects the more painful reality of what countless individuals faced when the waters finally receded. Entire homes gutted and turned inside out, their life’s belongings on display for all to see. Their neighborhoods and streets turned into makeshift dumps.

Bellevue was lucky, relatively, being a more visible and affluent suburb, quickly amassing a veritable army of volunteers to help strip the houses. I didn’t even take a camera with me to Bordeaux, where things were a little more bleak. Many houses stood empty, abandoned, and some had a smattering of volunteers starting to trickle in. I recall the house I helped to demo: An older retired couple owned it, and were insisting that we carefully scrape the 20 year old linoleum off of the plywood subfloor, so they could salvage it. I didn’t have the construction expertise, but mostly didn’t have the heart, to tell him that it would all have to be ripped out. It’s no easy task to tell someone that the home and life they’re desperately trying to save is destroyed.

I won’t moralize too much here about it all, since this blog is about pretty pictures. So, yeah. Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of a flower and some kittens or something. Happy Tuesday!

Written by Chris

May 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am

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  1. […] Chris Wage has some good words. The Tennessean has an excellent photo essay (is ‘photo essay’ a thing?). Share this:TwitterEmailDiggFacebookRedditStumbleUponLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  2. Please tell my why you even include a comparison between Bellevue and Bordeux or any other part of Nashville. It adds NOTHING to the point you’re making. People in River Plantation died. People in River Plantation lost everything. Are they lucky to be living in an “affluent” neighborhood?

    Your comparison is the equivalent of saying my brother dying is not as bad as your brother dying just because of the neighborhood we lives in. Loss is loss.

    I appreciate you’re ultimate sentiment, but please don’t make me feel like my loss isn’t as sad and heartbreaking as anyone else’s no matter where they live or their financial circumstances. It’s not at all necessary and it just makes you look like a jerk.

    And yes, maybe I’m biased because my River Plantation condo flooded, but I’m not going to say I had things worse than someone in a swanky Franklin neighborhood.


    1 May 12 at 5:04 pm

  3. Oops. Your. Not you’re. I like my rants to be grammatically correct.


    1 May 12 at 5:05 pm

  4. Thanks for the pictures and the sentiment.


    1 May 12 at 6:32 pm

  5. Eva: It is, in fact, the point I was making. Luck has nothing to do with whether or not they were living in an affluent neighborhood.

    I am not making a comparison between dying in Bellevue and dying in Bordeaux, or Mill creek, or anywhere else. Dying sucks, or so I’ve heard.

    Bordeaux was an area I saw first-hand that got hit a lot harder and had far less support than Bellevue. I’m sorry if this offends you.


    2 May 12 at 1:43 am

  6. Hey Chris, looking at these photos again, I still cannot thank you enough for taking your Saturday to head out to my Mom’s house and assist with the demo.

    I really appreciate it and can never repay your kindness in helping us out during such a disaster.



    Steven Warren

    3 May 12 at 12:08 am

  7. No sweat, man. Okay, maybe a little sweat. A lot.


    3 May 12 at 12:36 am

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