Matt made the decision last week that we do in fact have the time to volunteer. There is no reason that we shouldn't. We're young, able-bodied, and our house is fine.
On Sunday, we headed over to ArtHouse, the East Nashville volunteer epicenter, to give some time. We were sent to a house on Moss Rose which backs right up to the Cumberland. I cannot even describe the war zone that we drove into.
The houses were spray painted with "X"s from being checked for humans.
The roads and grass were covered in dirt from the river being over them and then receding.
All the houses were being demoed: carpet pulled out, drywall cut out from belly button level down, kitchen cabinets gone, bathroom cabinets and sink torn out, couches, chairs, cushions, mattresses, TVs - All thrown into the front yards to be picked up by Metro garbage pickup.
Matt got a couple of pictures but even these don't really show the severity of their situation.
This is the front part of the yard.
The remainder of the yard all the way up to the house is covered in stuff to be taken to the dump.
Obviously, Matt was moving when he took this picture but you can get the idea. The back yard of this house was the Cumberland River. Water made it half way up the walls inside the house.
We're still on the water conservation effort. Both Davidson and Williamson counties are running off of one water treatment plant...which means showering every other day at the most, only unmentionables in the laundry, no shaving, and really adhering to the hippie saying, "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down." The word on the street is that we'll have to continue for at least another week and possibly longer.
"Flood beards" like this are popping up all over town.