On May 1, 2010 it rained.
It rained, and it rained and it rained.
I live near the river, and things were starting to get messy, but that's just what happens, sometimes.
But, it was at this point Nashville and surrounding areas knew there might be a problem in this (now symbolic of the flood) video:
If you're not from around here, it's hard to understand the significance.
"It rained? So what?" might be what you're thinking.
Actually, it was even hard for some people in Nashville who weren't in affected areas to really get what this was about.
Heck, my older kids who were out with friends and couldn't get back to us for 4 days didn't truly understand because they were away from our area which was one of the hardest hit:
But, 30 people died in this event, 7 of them right here in my own community.
Bodies were recovered behind the local grocery store, and for a while, TEMA officials thought there might be one in our yard or immediate area (It wouldn't be found until months later).
Sending my husband and 13 year son out in a canoe in a flood to help look for a body because not many people could get to us at that point isn't something that I'd ever done until May of last year.
This was a 1,000 year flood, potentially the costliest non-hurricane disaster in our county.
But so much more came out of this, nearly everyone has an awesome story they can tell of how our city responded, (I could go on all day, but I won't) to situations we've never encountered.
The stories of neighbors helping neighbors, a city banding together was so special they made a movie out of it:
Our family was very, very lucky. We are surrounded by the river and nothing happened to us, but the devastation on our street was unreal.
So many of you, readers and companies alike sent donations, gift cards and prayers for my community. I hope you know how much it meant and how much it was needed.
If you're interested, here's a little bit about where your money went.
Natural disasters may come and go, but this one was not only unprecedented, but it was in my community, and it changed everyone forever.
Our flood was a year ago, but there's people who need us right now.
The 2011 tornadoes here in the South last week were devastating.
I'm not even sure "devastating" covers it judging by what I saw from the Interstate in Ringgold, GA this weekend.
Even if you live somewhere that you're not quite sure what this tornado fuss is all about, just trust me that this is a very big deal.
These people need us, just like Nashville needed you last year.
Please, please consider ways you can help the tornado victims in the South.
It makes a difference.
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