Emergency Response Funds Revived
by CFMT to Help Those Affected
by Deadly Middle Tennessee Flooding
Flash Floods from Record-Setting Rain Leave 5 dead
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Community Foundation of Middle
Tennessee (CFMT) has revived the Metro Nashville Disaster
Emergency Response Fund and Tennessee Emergency
Response Fund to help those affected by Saturday’s heavy rains
that flooded homes and roads, leaving at least seven people
dead in the Nashville area.
Officials rescued dozens of people from houses, apartments
and vehicles as Nashville received more than 7 inches of rain,
the second-highest two-day rainfall total ever recorded.
Major flooding was forecast on two rivers. The National
Weather Service predicted the Harpeth River near Kingston
Springs would crest about 20 feet (about 6.1 meters) above
flood stage on Sunday night, while the Duck River at Centerville
would crest about 17 feet (about 5.2 meters) above flood stage
Monday morning.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Chief John Drake of the
Nashville Police Department said during a news conference on
Sunday. “We still have to pay attention to it.”
How To Help
Gifts made to the Metro NashvilleDisaster Emergency
Response Fund will support Davidson County recovery efforts.
Donations to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund will
provide help to those impacted in Middle Tennessee outside of
Grants from these funds will be made to nonprofits providing
vital services both immediate and long term. CFMT’s work helps
free nonprofits up to concentrate on delivering services while
the organization “connects generosity with need” and our
community sets out to rebuild lives.
“We know when disasters strike, there are no quick fixes,” said
Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of
Middle Tennessee. “We need to support the affected
communities and the nonprofits on the ground helping victims
and addressing their needs.”
To give to the Metro Nashville Emergency Response Fund or
Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, go to www.cfmt.org.
Where To Get HelpTennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) website
Sunday reported that the State Emergency Operations Center
has been activated to support local requests and gather impact
and response information.
Middle Tennesseans outside of Davidson County who need help
with cleaning up following the storms and flooding can call the
Crisis Cleanup hotline at 833-904-1085.
In Davidson County, the Nashville Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster are encouraging residents impacted by the
flash flooding to visit www.nashvilleresponds.com/assistance or
call the Crisis Helpline at 615-244-7444 to request assistance.
Many rivers and creeks were at or near their highest level since
2010, according to the National Weather Service. Floods in May
2010 caused 21 deaths in Tennessee and an estimated $1.5
billion in damage in Nashville.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order
declaring a state of emergency Sunday,saying in a tweet that
Davidson County would need state and federal resources after
the severe weather, CNN reported.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate
giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It
does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies,
nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and
opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works
with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have
great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and
goals of their charitable endeavors.
For more information, call
615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org