So one of the key ways I've been specifically affected by the Nashville flood involves running...
Many of the places I run were underwater for a few days. The local greenway where I do most of my afternoon runs is kind of swampy after a normal rain, so I knew it was probably a total mess. One of the main greenway systems in east Nashville ended up having a giant lake on top of it at one point. Even Percy Warner Park had a ton of tree damage and land washed away from what I've been toold.
The waters have since receded, but the after affects are still hanging around.
I went to my local greenway for the first time since the flood today. I only ran out about 2 miles or so (I can't miss LOST tonight, so I had to do a quick run), but it was obvious that almost all of it had been under water at some point. Everything was covered in brown from all the mud. Trees had fallen and then ended up hundreds of yards away from where they had been planted because there was so much water that they were moved. The ground underneath one of the little underpasses the path goes under was almost completely washed away.
And the smell.... I really thought I was going to have to stop and throw up several times. And this is two weeks after the flood. It really puts things in perspective in a way... if it smells that bad where my greenway flooded, what does it smell like in the neighborhoods/homes/businesses that flooded?
In time, things will return to mostly normal. I'm sure there will be things that will never be exactly the same, but we are already bouncing back. I can only imagine how things will be a year from now. I have a feeling we'll look back and remember this time, but we'll also look around us and see that for the most part, you can't tell there was a flood. I hope so anyways.
When I watched the country music telethon on tv Sunday night, I loved how they kept saying that Nashville is open for business. It's been 2 weeks, and we've already got so many places affected by the flood back up and running.