The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee revived the Metro Nashville Emergency Response Fund and Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to help those affected by the March 27-28 heavy rains that flooded homes and roads and left at least five 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 above flood stage March 28, while the Duck River at Centerville would crest about 17 feet above flood stage March 29.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Chief John Drake with the Nashville Police Department said during a news conference March 28. “We still have to pay attention to it.”
Gifts made to the Metro Nashville 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 Davidson County.
Grants from the funds will be made to nonprofits that provide 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 the 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, visit cfmt.org.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency website reported March 28 the state emergency operations center was 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 encouraged residents impacted by the flash flooding to visit 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 that declared a state of emergency March 28. Cooper said in a tweet Davidson County would need state and federal resources after the severe weather.
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 people, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether 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 cfmt.org.