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This weekend three major news stories hit America – chances are you only heard about two.Amidst the news of a car bomb attempt in New York City and the oil slick inching towards the Gulf Coast, the flood that has devastated Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas got lost.National news outlets are reporting the story, but the damage is far, far worse than viewers are hearing. Parts of Downtown Nashville are under almost a foot of water. Surrounding areas are devasted. The Opryland Resort is filled with 10 feet of water – these videos give you an idea of how bad it is:The Cumberland River crested 24 hours later than expected, but four feet higher than predicted. The city’s water supply could be in jeopardy. In a story in the Tennessean, said Scott Potter, head of Metro Water Services. “The next 24 hours are critical. If the Omohundro [water treatment facility] goes down, we go to bottled water.” The Nashville goverment has issued a press release stating that the water supply remains safe but they are asking residents to conserve water to avoid a water shortage.To give you an idea of how fast the water came, my friend Kevin Sparkman sent me this video. He said less than 5 hours after this video was taken, the rock quarry was filled.This video is from Antioch, outside of Nashville:Right now, the folks in Nashville need your prayers – and cash. You can help by making a donation to these organizations:Nashville Red CrossVisit www.nashvilleredcross.org and click DONATE NOW to make an online giftMail a check to the Nashville Area Red Cross2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203Call (615) 250-4300 to make a donation by phoneText REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation on your mobile phone Nashville Salvation ArmyCredit card donations to support regional relief effort can be made online at www.salarmy-nashville.org, called in at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or checks/money can be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207.Community Foundation of Middle TennesseeMake a donation online or to make a donation by check, send to:The Community Foundation of Middle TennesseePO Box 440225Nashville, TN 37244Various churches and ministries are coordinating volunteer efforts in the Nashville area. I’ll give you more as I get them, but for now, Hands on Nashville is one place you can find information about volunteering.I’ll share more information as I get it! Please keep the people of Nashville in your prayers.Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!em>

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