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As you probably already know, my hubby and I live in Nashville. Although our home and our families' homes are all fine, there are many people in the Nashville area that were not so lucky. Nashville received nearly 14 inches of rain over the course of two days, creating massive flooding all over the area. Interstates were under water with many people stuck in their cars as the flood waters rose around them. Hundreds of people had to be rescued by boats from their homes and cars. Close to 40,000 homes lost power at some point during this situation and over 13,000 just in Nashville are still without power, over 20,000 statewide. Downtown Nashville is under water with hundreds of businesses being affected. Nashville residents have been asked to conserve water and use it only for drinking and cooking because we have a potential water crisis on our hands. Over 50 Nashville schools were damaged, and we all watched in shock a video that the local news has replayed many times of a portable classroom that literally floated down the interstate full of cars and crumbled to pieces.

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This video of Keith Olbermann shows some more footage of the homes that are underwater. Entire subdivisions are flooded. Hundreds have lost their homes. As of this morning there were 29 reported deaths as a result of all this flooding. Nashville needs help. It breaks my heart to see our city experiencing such tragedy, especially when there is so little coverage of it in the National media. Our local news stations have done a great job keeping us all informed of what's going on and doing the best to keep everyone safe. After experiencing the devastating tornados of last year, this just really brought some old feelings back. I know there are other important things going on in the world, but THIS is important, too. So in case you didn't know, now you know.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Wow, this is so insane that 14 inches of rain created such massive floods 🙁 Hope you and yours stays safe through this emergency and thanks for making us aware of the need in TN and how we can help.

  • @LemonBride

    I just moved back to VA after living in Nashville for 2 years. The first thing I did when I heard was call everyone living there. Luckily, they're okay, but I feel so sorry for those less fortunate. I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I lived in East Nash, and could see the stadium from my porch; can't believe the water was up to the seats. Thanks for posting that aid relief link-I'm going straight there to donate, but wanted to say you and all other Nashvillians are in my thoughts, as I still consider myself one of you.

    • Thanks for your thoughts for the Nashville community. 🙂 It's such a great city, I know it will bounce back in time.

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