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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!
Downtown Nashville. May, 2010.
One of the eerier aspects of the post-flood period in Nashville was wandering around the vast swaths of downtown that were entirely without power. Pictured here is the trail left by a maintenance worker with a headlamp on.
So, Nashville is under water. For those of you not from around here, Nashville had a “1000 year flood event” caused by around 16″ of rain in a 48 hour period. I assume this is one of those “oh fuck” situations they use in the Army Corps. of Engineers basic training (do they have that?) to scare the newbies. (YOU CALL THAT A TRUSS, SOLDIER?! THAT TRUSS AIN’T FIT TO SUPPORT YOUR MOMMA’S BE-HIND!! DO IT AGAIN!!) I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and help, much less take any proper pictures, because I’ve been dreadfully ill and cooped up at home, shivering and sweating while my friends and colleagues bravely sandbagged and soldiered on (easily one of the most frustrating and helpless weekends of my life, but anyways). I had to get out today and see some of it for myself. The above picture is where I used to live, Market Street Apartments. While I was out, I ran into a friend that still lives there on the first floor — leaning against a wall on 3rd just crying her eyes out. Shit’s real. It’s not getting a lot of national attention, but it’s real.
How can you help? Well, just go here. Also, keep your eye on this. And if you’re in the Nashville area and I catch you watering your lawn, I’m gonna forcefeed you pictures of the Ghost Ballet until your eyeballs explode.