Yup, I know most of the time, my blog is about my life as a quilter, quilt author, teacher and my quilting travels. However, it is also about my life at home,   and life in general.

For the past few days, I’ve been posting about the flooding in Tennessee. . .right now, I  just can’t seem to focus on creating or quilting at the moment, too many people need help in Middle Tennessee. 

To keep everyone updated, the clean-up has started and will continue for months.

In a press conference, we heard that the lower floors of the Opry Hotel filled with 10″ of water.

The Opryland hotel is staring clean-up and repairs, it hopes to open by the end of the year.

The Grand Ole Opry surrounded by flood water

The Grand Ole Opry building was filled with water, but cleaning has started. As Brad Paisley stated, “The Opry is a show, not a place. The show will go on.”

As the flood waters recede, the power of the water shows itself:

Railroad bridge that was washed off its foundations when floodwaters swelled the creek that leads to the Lebanon square, Lebanon, Tennessee on Sunday, May 2, 2010

This deck was originally attached to a home across the street.

The clean-up has started. . .

Ways to help:

  • Text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief — or visit redcross.org to donate. 
  • Check out the Nashvillest blog, with a section called “So Nashville Is Flooded…How Can I Help?” 
  • Hands on Nashville has a number of volunteer efforts going on in Nashville and Williamson County.  Please visit their website for more information.
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  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is working directly with Mayor Dean and Governor Bredesen on city and state emergency response efforts. 
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  • If you’re in or near Nashville, The American Red Cross is operating a number of shelters around the area and will be in need of volunteers this weekend to help distribute items.  More information here.
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