The Flooding in Tennessee: My Hometown Is Under Water

Brittny Drye
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Nashville Flood
Downtown Nashville
After two days of heavy downpour, the Cumberland River began spilling into the streets of Nashville and the surrounding areas on Sunday,  silencing the Music City.

I grew up near Nashville in a town called Clarksville, which also got overrun with the flooding river. Seeing the photos that my friends have been posting on Facebook has been absolutely heart-wrenching. The Riverside Park where I had my first kiss, where my favorite restaurant was, the bar where I celebrated my 19th birthday ... all filled with muddy river water.

Tennesee Flooding
Aerial view of Clarksville, TN
Photo by Shamera Hall
Riverside Drive in Clarksville, TN

Riverside Drive in Clarksville, TN
Photo by Shamera Hall

Tennesee Flooding
Riverside Drive in Clarksville, TN
Photo by Jenifer Coffman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been a total of 24 deaths in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky due to the flooding, hundreds of families have had to be rescued from their home by boat, people (including my father) have been stuck at work for days, unable to make the drive home due to road closings, and iconic buildings such as the Opryland Hotel will take months to clear up.

Tennesee Flooding
L.P. Field, the Tennessee Titans' Stadium

But if I know Tennesseans, once the river has gone back down, they'll immediately come together and rebuild, not focusing on the devastation that ripped through their towns but thankful that they still have each other.

Strangers will hold hands and pray, volunteers will work countless hours to fix neighbors' homes, and country music will once again drift from the honky tonk bars that line Broadway.

That's just how we Tennesseans are.

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