Do You Know What a Flood Looks Like?

>> Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Until last week, I had no idea what a flood looked like. Here is a glimpse....
So that is what a flood looks like. 
I have seen floods on the news and am ashamed to say that I have never volunteered to go out and help anyone after a flood, tornado, or any natural disaster. But the amount of volunteers that came out to help the victims of the flooding that hit Nashville was AMAZING. Every 30 minutes there were people sticking their heads in the door to see if they could help with anything, or feed us, or give us water. It was amazing. I want to give a special thanks to my two uncles Jim and Jamie, my dear, dear friends Michelle, Lauren, Cara, and Jessica and Crosspoint Church, who taught be that small children are really good a ripping out wet drywall.
If you would like to help you can donate to the Middle Tennessee Red Cross Chapter or my family directly by clicking the button below.
Rebuild 980 Beech Bend Dr.

My mom's street was in a 1,000 year flood plain, which does not require homeowners to have flood insurance. 95% of the people on my mom's street, including my mom, did not have flood insurance. It addition to monetary donations, I have also sent out an email for donations of appliances, furniture, linens etc. I will work on adding a tab to this blog to highlight what has been donated and what is still needed. We are working on getting a POD storage unit set up in her driveway to store all donations.

If you are a product rep (carpet, tile, plumbing fixtures, fabric, hardware, paint, wallcovering,furniture etc.) and think your company might be interesting in donating to the rebuild, please contact me. It's a tiny house (1100 sf) so it's wouldn't take much. But as a designer, I would be loyal to your product forever:)

Thanks to everyone SO MUCH for their generosity, time, and prayers. In the midst of disaster, it is amazing to see people venture out of their comfort zone and away from their busy schedules, to help those in need.
To see a list of donation items CLICK HERE


Shabna May 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

oh my gosh that's terrible! but how lovely of the people to help ;)

you're all in my prayers!

Lauren May 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

Words cannot even describe those aweful pictures! Best, best wishes. And if that last pix didn't bring tears to my eyes...

Lola Storm May 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Unreal. My heart goes out to your mom, and everyone else there. There's not many words for this sort of catastrophe.
"You made men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance." Psalm 66:12
May God bring you and your family into a place of abundance.

Emily May 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

Oh my gosh Stephanie, I'm so glad your mother (and cat) are okay! It's so nice to see everyone come together to help but know that it should be done not only in times of need. I hope you're well!

Laura Mattal May 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

I'm so sorry to see all the damage to your mother's home, but I'm glad she is safe! And the cat too--animals have a funny way of knowing when these natural catastrophes are going to happen and leaving the scene before they do. I'm glad she made it through!

I'll be keeping your family and neighbors in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy May 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

Stephanie, I am Emily Stiles' mom. I have some furniture for your mom. I have a coffee table and I think 2 end tables. Please let Emily know if you can use these. You and your Mom are in my prayers.

Blueprint Bliss May 11, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

Stephanie- let me know when you have a list of what is needed and I'll send a package your mom's way.

Isabella & Max Rooms May 11, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

I'm am so sorry for your mother, my thoughts are with her and your family! Janell

Design Esquire May 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

Stephanie, after seeing those pictures, thank goodness your mother (and cat) are okay. But I can't imagine how heartbroken your mother must be to lose so many sentimental items (I almost cried seeing your brother's room, and I don't even really know you!).

That is so nice that strangers helped so much. The more I read blogs, the more faith I have in people. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Post Grad Hair Cut May 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

Oh my goodness. I can't imagine. Well I can now from the pictures...What a disaster.

Cristin May 11, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

So glad you hear you mother is okay. Keeping her and all the others in my prayers.


carlee May 11, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

So amazing to see everyone come together. Will you send me a list too? Please let me know how I can help {here} too. I'm praying for you and your mom.

Marija May 11, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

My heart goes out to your mother and the rest of your friends and family impacted by the flood. I lived in Iowa during one of the worst floods in the midwest and the way it brought people together will forever move me. I am eager to help. Looking forward to the list...

My Interior Life May 11, 2010 at 11:11 PM  


Your photos are absolutely heart-wrenching. This flood has been devastating for so many, but this puts it on a personal level. I'm proud of our city/state as well. Last Wednesday I was at River Plantation helping a man I had never met (still don't know his name) rip saturated carpet out of his home.

I've got a dining room table that your mother can have. I bought it off Craigslist a while back (just to get the dining room chairs that came with it), and it's been sitting in our garage ever since. I also have a chair and some other things as well.

Karena May 11, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

So saddened by the devastation reeked on these families. I wish I could do more.


Art by Karena

Rebecca May 12, 2010 at 4:09 AM  

This is so devastating. I feel so, so sad seeing this. Your mother is in my thoughts...

CourtneyMc May 12, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

I work in downtown Nashville and every time I think I've seen enough flood pictures and the next one won't bother me, I'm always proven wrong. So glad your cat made it okay! My prayers are with your Mom and everyone affected in our area. This is absolutely unbelievable.

Kim@Chattafabulous May 12, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

Stephanie this is heartbreaking. I'm in Chattanooga and the our local news has been giving this lots of coverage. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and all in need in that area...

Haven and Home May 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Those pictures are powerful. I am so sorry this happened to your Mom. Send me an updated list and I will see what I can get delivered in Nashville. Sending prayers your way.


paula May 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Oh stephanie. this is awful. Just breaks my heart.

Amber May 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

I linked over from facebook and saw this. I am so sad that your mom's home was hit so hard. Our house was hit too, so I understand exactly what you all are going through. It's been a rough week for us all, but a week to be grateful for Tennessee and for our amazing God! Praying for you all!

Anonymous,  May 12, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

We live in Nashville also and the volunteer spirit has never been stronger!!!
Whether it's here or elsewhere, there is something wonderful about simple gestures of help

Andrea May 12, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

Your family is going through so many tough trials this year. I've found enormous blessings go along with enormous trials and I hope you and yours are getting some major blessings! I am glad to see your mom is getting help from so many wonderful people.

Anna Liesemeyer May 12, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

I have been shocked at the lack of attention this national disaster has been getting. So many people have lost their life's work and valuables like your mom.
Saw your story link from everything LEB.
Know that there are many people praying for all of them!

melissa May 13, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

This is terrible! I am so sorry for you and your family! Has your mother found flooring?

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime May 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

I am so sorry to hear how your family has been affected- such a tragedy. My thoughts are with you all.

Emily @ GEORGE Interior Design May 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Oh stephanie! I'm so sorry. We're thinking of you and your family - thanks for this real account of what it's like down there.

Ashleigh May 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

I grew up in East Tennessee & called Nashville home for 5 years. I can't believe these photos, truly heartbreaking. Sending support and prayers from one 'volunteer' to another!

upcydown May 14, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

Hey, I hope the rebuilding processing going smoothly for your mother. I've been thinking a lot about your family. We have a dishwasher that we would love to give your mom if she needs it, but just don't have a way to get it to Nashville. Let me know if you think for any reason someone in your family will be in the Memphis area and we would be more than happy to give it to them. It's black and works just dandy.

Amy @ Varnish May 14, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

Oh wow Stephanie! I hadn't stopped by in while and didn't know what happened! My heart (and prayers) go out to your mom.

Thoughtfully blended hearts May 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Stephanie, my heart goes out to your Mom...I also live in TN the northwest corner...we didn't have any damage but just a few miles away a lot of things look like your Nashville. I am proud to be from Tennessee because we take care of our own!!! Best of luck to you and yours!!!

Kenneth December 12, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Each and every people can really experience calamities like this. Also, it's kinda terrible to know that nowadays, we are really experiencing the revenge of our mother earth because we are taking our environment for granted. We also experienced that thing and our home's really such a mess, especially our carpeted floor. So we decided to brought it to a shop who does carpet cleaning (Cypress, TX area). They have great carpet cleaning services and they made our carpet beautiful and restored. Also, carpet cleaning (Sugar Land area) has also great cleaning services and their staff are really helpful and friendly.

Sharon January 14, 2011 at 2:32 AM  

So sorry about this. The awful photos reminds me of the things we did to learn basic calamity preparedness at home. We had a seminar on that subject. My husband and I learned about the importance of stormwater solutions.

contract window cleaners Edinburgh May 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

It really is a devastating experience, and one is really helpless against the power of these natural disasters.

Thompson March 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM  

Oh stephanie. this is awful. Just breaks my heart.

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