My sister, her husband and three kids live and homeschool in Nashville, Tennessee. They have just lost most everything they own when floods rose to above the beds in their second story. The first floor (living room, kitchen, library, den, hobby room) was fully submerged when creek flood levels rose. (We’ve been there, and the water must have risen at least 50 feet to have gotten that high!)
Considering that a number of people lost their lives, my sister said they were feeling fortunate. They saved the family pets and most of their chickens (they have a chicken farm), which took refuge on the roof of their house. My sister said they had enough warning to get a 4-5 day supply of emergency supplies, a few clothes and a few valuables buts lost most everything (computers, photos, books, all appliances and on and on). Her neighbor wasn’t so fortunate, my sister said, and lost absolutely everything. She said he doesn’t even have a pair of matching shoes. We feel so sad for them.
My sister is amazing, amidst all this loss she and her family is going through, they emailed and said they would still take care of our dog (which we were going to have shipped next week from Australia to Atlanta, Georgia where they would pick her up). Amazing to be thinking of others at a time like this. (Our dog will be flying to Colorado instead and we’ll drive her across the country with us and our three kids… and just see how it goes til we can buy a house and all.)
Anyway, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to my sister, wonderful brother-in-law (who just got back from a 9-month deployment to Iraq about 3 weeks ago or so) and their three amazing kids.