Aimee Herd (May 6, 2010)
"If this happened to me, I would want the Church Body to come out and help as much as [they] could. …To let them know, despair is here, but God is true."
Waters across Tennessee began to recede on Wednesday, but thousands still cannot return to their flooded homes, as—according to a CBN News report—
"Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has declared 52 of Tennessee's 95 counties disaster areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has called this flood a "1,000 year event."
At least 10 people died in the flooding this week, and officials warn that the number could rise as they are able to assess the damage.
The Cumberland River, which overflowed its banks by 12 feet, left Music City landmarks, such as the Grand Ole Opry House, the Opryland Hotel and LP Field, submerged.
Luke Oakman, one of many Nashville residents devastated by the flood noted, "This is everything from our house here that's not in bags right there… it was everything. I mean there are memories, but we have an 11-month-old, she's fine. We have a six-year-old dog, he's good. This other stuff doesn't even matter."
Another resident, Kevin Quinn said, "If this happened to me, I would want the Church Body to come out and help as much as [they] could. …To let them know, despair is here, but God is true."
According to the report, local churches in Tennessee, who have stepped in to help those who fled the rising waters, are now asking for help themselves, as their food pantries have "been exhausted."
CBN notes that Operation Blessing International has been mobilized to aid in the relief effort, bringing food and clean drinking water for those who need it.
Source: Mia Evans – CBN News