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Your Voice: Was the flooding in Nashville overshadowed by the oil spill? It all began Saturday, May 1 when Nashville Police closed roads due to heavy storms. The next day, railroad bridges were found washed off their foundations. By Tuesday, May 4, the entire city was inundated with muddy water. Over twenty people are dead as a result of the flooding, and at least one billion dollars in damages have already been estimated. But the emotional damage to the country music capital might be the most devastating of all. While the world watched the drama unfold with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, our viewers noticed that the coverage of the flooding got lost in the shuffle. However, major relief efforts are beginning to draw attention back to the Nashville devastation. Country music stars are banning together for a television telethon that is set to run on Sunday, May 16. Stars already booked for the telethon include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, and many more. Individual contributions are also being announced. Taylor Swift donated $500,000 to flood relief, today. And pop star Ke$ha announced she will hold a benefit concert on June 16 at the Limelight to provide funds for her native city. Other major events - such as the 12th Annual Grammy Block Party set for Wednesday, May 11 at Owen Bradley Park in Nashville - have been reassigned as fundraisers. You don’t have to be a celebrity to pitch in a helping hand. In fact, it’s as easy as sending a text. Text “red cross” to 90999 and you will donate $10 directly to Red Cross efforts in Tennessee. The charge will appear on your phone bill.
Below is a list of organizations who are also actively accepting donations for the recovery.
- Hands On Nashville
- Middle Tennessee Red Cross
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
- The Bridge Bunch
- NashvilleFlood on Twitter
- Nashville Flood Radiothon
- Pets are flood victims, too
- Free legal advice for victims
- Mental Health Assistance
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