Flood Status

So here’s the deal – we’re not in nearly as bad a shape as some people. We have friends and neighbors who have literally lost everything. All their clothes, all their furniture, their whole house – all of it. Few, if anyone in Nashville, has flood insurance. It’s crazy. We are not in the same boat as those folks. (Bad pun in that last sentence; I didn’t do it on purpose.) Nevertheless, we’ve got quite a bit of damage at our home.

The boat we’re in is this: Our downstairs is pretty much ruined. Fortunately, we were able to save very much of our stuff that was down there. We’ve pretty well dried it out as best as we can; ServPro is supposed to come in the next day or so to take care of what we couldn’t. Because our top floor is jam-packed with our stuff and also because me and Jana’s bedroom was downstairs, we’ve moved out of the house until the downstairs is livable again. We’re staying with a good friend for a while.

Early this morning, the cleaning and restoration folks got into our house. I think we were able to save a pretty significant amount of money because we had some great help from some dudes in tearing out our carpet and hardwood. These pros are going to try and treat the basement, cut into the dry wall, and make sure the walls are completely dry. Then we’ll start the restoration process.

Pretty crazy stuff around here. The interstates have been shut down at numerous times. The Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry is underwater. The drinking water is still safe in Nashville, but the treatment plants are operating at about 48%. We’ve all been told to conserve water when possible. The kids are particularly excited about this one because we have elected for them to remain filthy for the time being. You know, for the greater good.

Here’s some pictures to give you a visual of Nashville:

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