Monday, May 10, 2010

Five Feet High and Rising

Nashville, my poor hometown, got 1/4 of their annual rainfall on Sunday May 2. Seriously. And the national media has been ignoring it. Is this because Nashvillians are so nice? People not only aren't looting, they aren't really complaining. Tennessee is a real pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of place (it's not called The Volunteer State for no reason.) but the estimate for reconstruction is $1.5 Billion. And we all know those estimates seem to ALWAYS be 50% of the actual costs.

I was thrilled to see
Do the Write Thing for Nashville appear just a few days after the deluge! Authors and other book professionals are donating things such as a page from the Twilight movie script to autographed ARCs, to manuscript critiques, all to raise much-needed fund to help the city recover. From the website:

On May 1st and 2nd, Nashville, Tennessee received a record amount of rain—nearly 13.5 inches. By May 3rd, huge portions of our city were under water, including the The Grand Ole Opry, Opryland, The Nashville Symphony Hall, the downtown area, and countless homes. Families, many of whom did not have flood insurance, have lost everything. One of the hydro plants is flooded, which means we’re running short on water. Many lives have been extinguished and more bodies are being recovered each day.

And yet, Tennessee continues to be largely ignored by the national media. A large portion of the local media, including Fox News and CBS, is flooded. They are doing their best to work without proper equipment. Nashville is not getting the exposure it needs, which means not receiving the aid that our city so desperately requires.

Our city is drowning. Will you help us?

Victoria Schwab, Amanda K. Morgan, and Myra McEntire --all Nashville authors-- have come together to host an auction.

We're auctioning off critiques, signed books, and more from authors, agents, editors, and other industry professionals. ALL proceeds to: http://www.cfmt.org/floodrelief/

Please consider participating! or buying something!

My half-marathon in Nashville was exactly 1 week before the flooding, and nearly all of the marathon route was under water last weekend at some point, which is very strange.

A week ago Nashville looked like this:

the picture with the orange cones was the end of my friend Kitti's street.

Now it looks like this:

Which is why the city needs your help. Please give. You can also give to the Red Cross here.


Carin said...

I thought it had been getting national coverage. I've seen several articles about it. However, it is probably overshadowed by the huge disaster in the Gulf of Mexico which is still uncontained. I hope that you guys will get more media attention and aid will come your way soon!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

You are right -- I haven't heard much on the news at all.

Thanks for the Red Cross link!

atla said...

I'm from Lawrenceburg, TN (where my family still lives), about 1.5 hours south of Nashville, and I, too, am surprised (and appalled, really) at how little coverage this has gotten. Thanks for posting this.

Emily said...

Hey - I'm from Nashville too. Thanks for this post. They can use all the help they can get. Have you seen the I Nashville T-shirts that are going around? Super cute. :)