Being part of BurdaStyle, as I have been for the past 2 1/2 years, you develop relationships with people all around the world. One such person I have had the pleasure to get to know is our member Ashchaser. When her status was updated last week to: “We Nashvillians need your help! Clothes, shoes, anything, will do!” I knew BurdaStylers would love to help. From Ashchaser herself here is a first hand account of the devastation and what you can do to help:
When witnessing the effects of natural disasters on the news you cannot help but feel sympathetic to those far away people, trying to deal with what has happened to them in the best way possible. Yet on May the 1st and 2nd my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee would experience something which has left me with so many more feelings than just sympathy itself. In two days our midstate received about 13 inches of torrential rain, making for the first monsoon I had ever seen in my life. On that Saturday it started with just flash floods, as well as the advice to just stay put wherever you are and wait it out, without panicking. Although many people like myself were out and trying to get back to the city, packing the roadways towards what would be the epicenter of the chaos. Soon the interstates were overtaken by nearby rivers and streams, causing many to abandon vehicles for their lives, and ripping up the asphalt wherever it was in the way. The situation became dire when those who stayed at home noticed that floodwaters were quickly reaching their back doors, and would end up needing rescue by boat with few belongings and their pets.