Leaving downtown Nashville Saturday night. I thought we might not make it home as police were diverting traffic away from Broadway.
We ventured downtown Saturday night to see Jimmy Buffett in concert. Our 13th wedding anniversary is today and it was our special date night. The arena was packed. Leave it to a bunch of Parrotheads to make it to a concert in the middle of torrential rains and flood warnings. We will not be stopped.
The rains came Saturday and they did not stop.
A record amount of rain fell in Nashville this weekend. The Harpeth River near our home rushed over its banks. What began as a puddle in some neighbors’ yards soon became an extension of the river within hours. We had no idea how bad it would be.
Yesterday we ventured down our street not a half mile in the pouring rain to see the worse flood devastation I have ever seen in my life.
Just to give you perspective, this is the road I usually travel in the mornings when I take Miss C (my second grader) to school. This is less than a mile from my house.
Another video taken by my husband just down the road from us. This is the road that leads to our community baseball fields.
Today we woke to find our street enveloped in a foggy mist and news helicopters flying overhead.
The sun is out today.
We are fine and our house is fine, but it is surreal to be just down the street from homes under water. Our neighborhood middle school was a shelter for flood victims overnight. Interstate 40 West is closed for more than 60 miles. Semis line the side of the interstate with no where to go. My girls’ soccer fields and complex is totally engulfed by the Harpeth River. Still, we are incredibly lucky. Our little house is dry.
I made it into work today where it was nice to be connected to the outside world via phone and Internet (we have neither at home right now). The girls are with my inlaws in Robertson County, north of Nashville.
To my friends and fellow Nashvillians who have lost their homes and businesses I am so sorry.
The Cumberland River is still rising as I type this.
If you are interested in signing up to volunteer to assist flood victims, please visit Hands on Nashville online.
For a great comprehensive list of ways you can help Nashville flood victims, visit Nashvillest.