after the waters receded, the impact of what happened is still being
felt. From schools to household projects, many are still living with the
reality of the frightening event a year ago. In schools, art classes
help the children work through the experience. Other children are still
helping their parents work on renovations and rebuild. For many, the
fear it can happen again is very real.
"Having our house reflood and having to go through this all over again,"
says flood victim Victoria Lemley. "and seeing us suffer through this
all over and having to rebuild a house again."
"It'll be in my memory my whole life," says flood victim Kaylee Greer.
Tune in Tuesday night on FOX17 NEWS at 9 as more children talk about
their experience, where they are now, and how one school has designed
this year's coursework around the May flood.
It was also an emotional time for FOX17 NEWS employees. Three of our
coworkers' homes were damaged, including former FOX17 Photojournalist
Robert Brown in Bellevue. Our crews were also eye witnesses to some of
the most trying times for some of you. Erika Lathon remembers going into
communities hit hardest by the raging waters.
"Three days after the flood my photographer Steve Adams and I drove onto
Del Ray Drive in West Nashville," says Lathon. "As soon as we rounded
the corner, oh my goodness, it's like nothing I'd ever seen before.
"It was kind of a tornado turned inside out. All of the homes were still
standing perfectly, but on the curb were just these mounds of
furniture, of debris and siding.
"We went up to the first house, where Bobby Joe Davidson was pulling her
stuff out, and she started to tell us about her story. They were
engaged, getting married in 4 weeks. She thought everything would be ok
because 'We have flood insurance'.
"She learned the flood insurance would only cover the structure, no contents. You basically have nothing. She really had to fight back tears during the interview and it was hard to hear the interview.
"One man Robert Wiseman who'd brought out a lot of food in the
neighborhood said he'd never seen so many hugs and smiles as he had that
day and it was true. Everywhere you went people were hugging each other
and smiling and supporting each other. People would invite us to their
homes and offer us what little they had."
FOX17 crews back here at the station also got quite a scare. Just
outside our back door, all that stood between us and the raging
Cumberland River was the levee.
"Do not come up to this building until they are told otherwise," warned FOX17 Assistant News Director Sunny Hampton Powell.
The water seeping through the dirt retaining wall made the Corps of
Engineers worry about a possible levee breech. We were evacuated from
the facility several times, and when we were able to get back in, it
wasn't smooth sailing. Because of the dangers and flooded routes to
work, we operated with a limited number of crew members for days. Many
employees pitched in wherever they could help. We had graphic artists
running cameras, and producers running teleprompters. As a remembrance,
the crew all climbed the levee and took a candid photo to document all
we had accomplished in just a span of a few days.
You can't help but remember how one weather system touched so many lives here in the viewing area, and
proved "We are Nashville", overcoming the hardships and banding
together. We show you more of those dramatic photos that made you the
star reporters in an event that changed Music City history forever.
Saturday, April 30 2011, 02:36 AM CDT
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