AmeriCares Sends Help to Flood Survivors in Tennessee

Photo under Creative Commons from Keith Gallagher / Flickr
Nashville remains flooded, leaving thousands of people homeless. Photo under Creative Commons from Keith Gallagher / Flickr

Deadly floods in Nashville, Tennessee and throughout the southeastern United States have killed at least 27 people. Authorities expect the death toll to increase as bodies are being discovered as the water recedes. Records rains overflowed the Cumberland River and caused a leak in a critical Nashville levee.

Homes are flooded and emergency shelters desperately need supplies to help displaced families. Thousands of men, women and children are now homeless due to evacuation or damage to their homes.

In response, AmeriCares is preparing a shipment of critical disaster relief supplies to our local partner in the region. Our aid includes bottled water, disaster relief supplies and personal hygiene items, as well as supplies and materials to help clean up and repair damage caused by the devastating floods.

"The survivors of the Cumberland River Flood in Nashville, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina can count on AmeriCares during this difficult time," said Christoph Gorder, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response. "Our disaster relief experts are working hard to help deliver disaster relief and other critical aid."

The bottled water will be distributed by a longtime AmeriCares partner to help victims of the flooding as well as people assisting in the relief efforts. It will be delivered to community centers, schools, shelters and other gathering places for displaced families.

Since 1984, AmeriCares has delivered more than $100 million worth of lifesaving aid and disaster relief in the United States. AmeriCares has a long history of supporting disaster relief efforts in the U.S. including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated millions of Americans in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast. AmeriCares responded immediately by delivering critically needed medicines, supporting doctors, aiding victims and helping local charities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.