Recovery Continues, From Katrina to Historic Nashville Flooding, Three Families That Needs Your Help
Teacher Norma Fleming-Super requests assistance to three families whose children are in great need. One family lost everything in Katrina and now has lost everything again.
If you, or anyone you know, can contribute anything on the lists below, they can drop off donations tomorrow from 8am-12pm at: Medvance Institute, 3354 Perimeter Hill Drive. Nashville, TN 37211 - right across the street from DeVry University, just off the I-24 Harding Road exit on the airport side. Turn right at McDonalds and left 1/2 block. Norma Fleming-Super, 713-7145, will be in the upper parking lot with volunteers to assist. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Family #1: Stacey Fedele and family 504-201-4723 South Brook Apartments, Nashville, TN(South Nashville off I-24/Harding Area) She, husband and 3 children lost everything in Katrina and have lost everything in this flood as they were on a first floor level. They are in another apartment within the same complex but have absolutely nothing. I took some clothes to her today. They could use any type of household items, furniture etc. They were able to salvage nothing and they are sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor. They are okay for food 9 year old boy Size 8 shirt and 6 pants - Size 2 Boys Shoes 6 year old girl SIze 6 shirt and pants - Size 11.5-12 Shoes 13 year old girl and mom 11-12 or 13/14 pants with XL tops size 7 -7.5 shoes Dad 36-30 pants and 2X Shirts 10-11 Shoes They have no clothes other than what I have taken today and the kids have no shoes!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Family #2: Jasmine Bouck 22 year old mom with 6 month old baby girl and 3 year old son - so she needs diapers terribly She has lost everything as well but we are working with her and I have gotten her son a bed. She is in need of a bed for herself. Staying with family friend. at 308 Oak Timber Court They were also on the ground floor of the South Brook Apartments 3-6 Month old Girl clothes 4 T Boy Clothes Size 2 Diapers Mom is Size 13 Pants/Shorts and 5.5 shoes...also has no shoes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Family #3 is in Ashland City and they have lost everything.
Angela White 615 364 2189 They have an 18 year old 8.5 month pregnant with a girl daughter - size 10.5 shoes - size 16 bottom and large tops Mom - 8 shoe - Size 16 bottom - XL Shirts 16 Son 11.5 shoes Shirts 3X - Shorts 2X 11 Son - Size 12 Shirt and Pants - Size 6 boy shoes Husband and 15 year old - 34-30 - Large Shirts SIze 12 shoes They are still in a shelter and have lost house, car and all belongings - FEMA cannot get to their house to inspect yet! Ashland City - Our Fathers House Ministries Shelter -- No cooking facilities They need FOOD!! Things they can prepare without a stove and keep in a cooler (yes, they need the cooler) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Updates from Mayor Dean’s 5/7/10 briefing and other postings
Where to Report Flooding Damage - Report your flood damage at http://www.nashville.gov/flood/ - this will help Metro Government assemble the most complete and accurate data about the effects of this week's flooding. Tomorrow’s School Closing Correction - There was a text message sent out Friday morning by NewsChannel5 incorrectly stating that Metro Schools will be closed on Monday. We have learned that the message was sent as the result of a technical error. There has been no decision yet about whether or not to open schools on Monday. The decision will come Saturday afternoon. You can check www.MNPS.org or your school's website at that time to see the decision. Thank you for understanding. MNPS will make a decision Saturday afternoon about opening schools on Monday. They will have information on all bus routes and are working on maps to explain the status of each route. When finished, they will be posted on MNPS.org, on Children First! and in their "Flood Information and Help for MNPS Families" page. Or come back to http://www.vivian-29.blogspot.com/ current info. MTA Bus Schedule - MTA will be running Saturday schedules on Monday. For full details on MTA routes and schedules, visit their website. Where to find housing or offer housing. The massive flooding in Middle Tennessee will displace many households for weeks and months to come. A database of rental housing is ready for landlords to add properties and for searchers to identify available properties. Nashville’s housing leaders urge property owners to post properties right away. The database is www.TNHousingSearch.org. It is free for landlords to post property and free for renters to search. The database allows for a high level of detail including photographs, location, access to public transportation, bedroom and bathroom count, square footage, rent amount and amenities listing such as fencing, cable, appliances, accessibility, deposit requirements and pet allowances. The site allows for comparison of several properties at a time. TNHousingSearch.com is open to properties of all rental levels and types. It is not relegated to subsidized properties. Duplexes, multi-family units, manufactured homes and single family homes are all appropriate to list. Landlords can easily post properties with Social Serve, the site manager, by communicating by on-line at the site, through phone (1-877-428-8844), e-mail, or fax (1-866-265-7811). Landlords will receive a user name and password to control listing information. Once a property is leased, the landlord “hides” the property from view while it is maintained in the database for easy retrieval. Renters can search for properties by city or county name and display several properties on a map at once to determine the best location for them. http://www.tnhousingsearch.org/ is an important part of Tennessee’s disaster housing intervention plan and is already being used by caseworkers and agencies across affected areas to relocate those in need of housing. “Making sure that our residents can stabilize quickly will help minimize the trauma that flooding is causing in our region,” said Tennessee Housing Development Agency Executive Director Ted R. Fellman. “It is critical that as many housing options as possible are available to victims. We urge landlords to list on this free, centralized service right away.” Registration with www.TNHousingSearch.org can be a temporary activity for property owners who are not “in the rental business”. “We need all vacant properties to be made available for our displaced neighbors,” said Phil Ryan, executive director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. “This is an opportunity to put a vacant property to use for a family in need.” Among the housing and service providers joining THDA and MDHA in the effort to secure temporary housing are the Greater Nashville Housing Association, Catholic Charities, The Housing Fund, Urban Housing Solutions and Woodbine Community Organization. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- METRO TO HOST E-WASTE COLLECTION TOMORROW, 5/8/10, NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Public Works and Creative Recycling Inc. will sponsor an E-Waste Collection Event from 8 a.m. until noon tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at Nolensville Pike & Old Hickory Boulevard. Residents can bring flood-damaged computers, TV's and other electronics for disposal. Metro Beautification and Environment is planning other e-waste collection events, and will announce them when locations and dates are final. Residents can also bring their damaged or unwanted electronics to one of Metro's three Recycle Convenience Centers all of which are open on
Saturdays. In addition, the East Convenience Center off Trinity Lane is open on Sundays. East Center 943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive Nashville, TN 37207 862-8631 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:30am-5:00pm and Sun. Noon-4:00pm
Omohundro Center 1019 Omohundro Place (entrance on Freightliner Drive) Nashville, TN 37210 880-1955 Hours: Tue.-Sat.: 8:00am-4:30pm
Anderson Lane Center 939A Anderson Lane Madison, TN 37115 860-2588 Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 8:30am-5 pm
For more information, contact Public Works Customer Service at 862-8750, or visit www.nashville.gov/recycle .
Mayor Proposes Metro Codes Fee Waiver Legislation will be filed tomorrow with the Metro Council which will allow the Metro Codes Department to relieve home owners and small business owners from the costs of construction related to damage to homes and businesses caused by the flood. The legislation would provide credits for the rehabilitation and repair of buildings damaged by the flood. The following credits will be available. $75 Plumbing Permit $100 Electric Permit $100 Gas/ Mechanical Permit $375 Building Permit Construction The legislation will not be voted on for 2 weeks, but once passed will be effective starting May 2, the same date which Mayor Dean declared Nashville a disaster area. Citizens will be able to apply for assistance through July 31. Fraud Advisory. The Metro Police Department's Fraud Unit urges citizens to be extremely cautious when dealing with telephone and email solicitations for money in the name of disaster relief. One Nashville woman who used her debit card to donate over the Internet to what she thought was a legitimate charity has reported a number of unauthorized withdrawals from her checking account arising out of the United Kingdom. The Police Department urges citizens to deal with charities at their offices or over secure Internet sites. Citizens are also encouraged to donate with credit not debit cards.
Metro Water. Water asks that residents please continue to protect our water reserves by cutting your daily water use in half. Reservoir levels are currently holding steady at only 51% even though Metro Water Services produced only 3 million gallons less yesterday than on May 5, 2009. As a courtesy to those who need water for cleaning and watering plants while drinking water is in short supply, Metro Water Services has arranged several sources of large quantity non-potable water available on May 7 for activities including nursery plant watering, sidewalk and street cleaning, and neighborhood cleanup. This water is being pumped from flooded basements at two large downtown facilities. The intention is to fill large trucks or vehicles with tanks intended for transporting non-potable water. People needing water must provide their own trucks with tanks or vehicles intended for transporting water. This operation cannot support filling milk jugs, pitchers, or other small containers. Tanks can only be filled from the top. Pumps will be running continuously, and contractors will provide assistance in filling the tanks/trucks. Metro Water Services, the property owners, and the contractors operating the pumps assume no liability.
Noon to 5 p.m. The Pinnacle at Symphony Place Filling Location: 1st and Demonbreun Directions: Gateway Bridge to 1st Ave, right two blocks to Demonbreun 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nashville Symphony Filling Location: 4th and Demonbreun Directions: Gateway Bridge to Almond St, left on Demonbreun
Flood water being pumped out of homes and/or businesses should be done in a manner that will not negatively impact neighbors. Before pumping, assess the area and attempt to pump water into the stormwater system such as a ditch or stormdrain. If water can not be pumped into the storm system, direct it toward a grassy area away from downhill structures. Repairs are proceeding well at the K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant. There is still a significant amount of inspection, repair, and testing to accomplish before the plant can be placed back in service and operations evaluated. Metro Water Services is coordinating closely with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) during this process. Donations. Flood relief donations are still in need throughout the Metro Nashville area. Items in bulk, pallets, or packed large quantities are preferred and are a priority. Various bulk items needed include: Bulk Non-perishable foods – canned meats, canned vegetables/fruits, box cereal/pasta, baby food/formula, peanut butter, and boxed meals. Bulk Supplies, Accessories and Tools – Shop Vacs (wet/dry vacuums), baby diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves/boots, brooms, mops, fans/dehumidifiers and generators. Cash and Monetary gifts – can be done on the web with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at www.cfmt.org or via phone at 888-540-5200. All bulk and large quantity donations including money can be processed through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Companies and corporations are encouraged to lead the way with bulk donations, but citizens that can also donate these items may also do so. Citizens donating non-bulk or small quantities of the needed items should contact the Community Resource Center (CRC) at 911 Division St. Nashville, TN 37203. The email contact for this location is firstname.lastname@example.org
Nashville Electric Service. System wide, approximately 3,000 customers are without power. 1,500 of those customers are in the Bellevue area. Power should now be restored to all who can accept power. If you are not restored, call 615-234-0000. If water got into the outlets, plugs, switches, panel box or meter base of any home or business, the owner MUST hire a licensed electrician to make the repairs, and have Codes inspect and issue a release before NES can restore power. This particular safety issue CANNOT be waived. NES will be waiving the following fees to FLOOD VICTIMS as follows: $45 turn-on fee, same day service $30 turn on fee for future day service $225 temporary service fee $15 transfer fee (for customers who have to move to a new residence due flooding) NES may expand its relief efforts for FLOOD VICTIMS ONLY and will have more information later Piedmont Natural Gas Safety Bulletin. What Tennessee Customers Affected by the Flood Need to Know:
If water has entered your home or come in contact with natural gas appliances: Call Piedmont Natural Gas at 800-752-7504 so we can inspect your meter and your natural gas appliances for possible flood damage. Do not attempt to disconnect your gas service or work on or around your gas meter. Do not attempt to relight any of your gas appliances. Do not attempt to clear flood debris from your gas meter or from any other gas appliance, including your water heater. If your gas appliances have been damaged or submerged by flood waters: Do not attempt to make repairs yourself or use unauthorized, unlicensed individuals to work on your natural gas appliances. It is imperative that residents choose a licensed contractor who follows all safety and manufacturer guidelines. Unauthorized repairs can be unsafe and may void your warranty. Call your appliance manufacturer if you are unsure about work being performed. Some gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced. You can choose to work with Piedmont Natural Gas or other local approved Gas Advantage Dealers to repair or replace damaged appliances. Customers can view technical information on water heaters on Piedmont’s website at www.piedmontng.com. If your home was not damaged by flooding, but your natural gas service was interrupted, call Piedmont Natural Gas to schedule an appointment. Disaster Information Centers These Centers will remain open through the weekend. Hours Friday/Saturday will be Hours 10-6; Sunday 12-6. Centers will provide: food, water, personal hygiene supplies and information about city services and FEMA registration. Metro Public Health and Social Service case workers will be on site to assist with health and human needs. Legal Aid/TN Bar legal assistance clinics will operate at each site. Saturday and Sunday members of the public can come to the Centers to pick up limited quantities of cleaning supplies to assist with home efforts. This weekend, Centers will serve as staging areas for volunteer neighborhood clean up sweeps. Centers are not equipped for emergency medical needs. Security and health emergencies should be managed through 911. Bellevue Community Center 656 Colice Jeanne Rd. 37221 East Community Center 700 Woodland Street, 37206 Hermitage Community Center 3720 James Kay Lane, 37076 Hadley Community Center 1037 28th Avenue North, 37208 Coleman Community Center 384 Thompson Lane 37211 Questions about Disaster Info Centers should be directed to Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer email@example.comMetropolitan Action Commission Provided Meals for Children Yesterday, 5/6/10, the Metropolitan Action Commission, working through the Flood Resource Center in St. Paul AME Church at 3340 West Hamilton Road, began to distribute box meals for children normally are served by the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Volunteers went door to door in the North Nashville area providing these meals to the children. Distribution will continue through today, 5/7/10, again beginning at 3 p.m. Because school is closed there is a concern that children that normally receive meals through this program at their local school may have difficulty receiving regular meals during this time in the North Nashville area. Emergency Waiver of HOV Lane Restrictions. HOV lane restrictions on Davidson County Interstates are now temporarily waived until further notice. This action will enable emergency personnel, work crews and the public, to utilize all available lanes to move traffic more smoothly and safely, as the recovery phase of the catastrophic flooding gets underway Urban Search & Rescue Teams Continue to Visit Homes in Devastated Neighborhoods. The search is now complete of 400 additional homes for a total of 1,200 in the past 2 days. In addition, teams in swift water boats searched the Cumberland River from Newsom Mills to the Cheatham County line using search dogs. Foot searches have begun in the Mill Creek area are foot searches, also using search dogs, moving from Murfreesboro Road to the Cumberland River. Police Officers Remaining Vigilant in Flood Impacted Neighborhoods. Metro police officers continue to provide enhanced security to flood damaged neighborhoods. Persons observed removing belongings may be approached by officers to ensure that the property being removed belongs to them. Residents who see an influx of strangers in their neighborhoods or who have safety/security concerns are urged to contact police at 862-8600. Please thank our police officers as you see them. They have done a tremendous job. Metro Government Offices and Courts. Metro Government Offices and Courts opened for business 5/6/10, with a few exceptions. The Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Clerk offices experienced extensive water damage and flooding. These services will relocate and the relocation plan will be released to the public when available. The County Clerk’s and Metro Social Services’ offices located in Metro Center are closed until the access restriction is lifted. All other County Clerk’s Offices are open for business. Farmer’s Market continues to be closed due to flooding. Municipal Auditorium will not be opened until next week.