Song of the day, "Darlington County" Bruce Springsteen
"The Cumberland River has crested at 12 feet above flood level" Scott Potter, Director of water services, Metro Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
If you are reading this and live in the metro area or one of the countless counties that were affected by the May 2010 floods, congratulations you survived. We have reached our benchmark one year anniversary since the historic day.
Many homes, including ours, were affected by the flood. Many homes, including ours, is still under a rebuild situation. FEMA did not offer enough money (well actually when you have to appeal 2x and beg for assistance, they don't offer a damn thing and by the time they helped it was to late) to make the repairs. By the time they did help the original damaged had spread. They refused Mitigation repairs.
Our foundation is unstable because we had to fix the bathroom floors where the water seeped in. We had to do this before we had an issue with mold. This took precedence over fixing the foundation. FEMA awarded us $1600 to cover the damage to the air duct vents, to dry out the crawls space and fix damage to the underlay (that prevents exposure to Radon), repair the foundation, and fix the areas (bathroom's and back kitchen wall) where water had seeped in. The reality was it was enough to buy the supplies to fix the floors and lay one floor down. They said we could take a SBA loan. I am happy we elected not to as the people that did are being told to now REPAY IT or have their homes taken from them. REALLY?
FEMA and the insurance company refused to help us with food, and our driveway, and the water moccasins. Having no power for extended days, the food in the freezer (and everything in the fridge) had to be tossed as we do not currently own a generator. The driveway was washed out, as a matter of a fact the FEMA inspectors had to park at the neighbors and walk in because they would not cross the raging river of our driveway. See May 2010 post for pic's of that beast. It cost over $2000 to fix the driveway. There is also an issue with the retaining wall in back of the house. That is crumbling. But that is considered mitigation and FEMA would not assist in that. The other side affect of the flood were the influx of water moccasins. One of the 5 deadly snakes in the USA and we had a nest of over 50.
FEMA allowed us to live an entire year in hell and terror. Might as well live in a 3rd world country.
If our county received monies for mitigation they did not fix the county road in front of our home. The road shows signs of imminent fatigue and I await the day it collapses so we can sue.
We can't sell our home like it is. We do not have the money to fix it and there is NO aid for people. Although the GRAND OL OPERY received 20 BILLION dollars in FEMA aid. IS that right or fair on some scale? There are thousands of people in the situation we are in and they gave GOO 20 BILLION and Gaylord entertainment BRAGGED about it.
Labels: and gripes, FEMA, may 2010 flood, The Cumberland river