Trevecca Nazarene University

After the flood--Day 4

Thursday, May 6, 2010--day four after the flood. Trevecca personnel continue to work to repair the damages that resulted from Sunday's flooding of Nashville.

All four classroom/office buildings on campus that lost electrical power during the flood now have power. Some are powered by generators that were brought in after the flood.

The University has made its athletic fields available for use by the teams of Donelson Christian Academy (DCA) whose campus was flooded; DCA is holding classes in area churches. The two schools are coordinating the schedules of their respective teams and the teams' need for Trevecca's athletic fields.

Tim Green, dean of the Millard Reed School of Religion, gave his students the option of participating in relief efforts in lieu of their taking final exams in his classes yesterday.

Today from 10 AM to 6 PM students will assist in the distribution of 36,000 bottles of water, a donation from Lumber Liquidators in LaVergne, Tenn. Pallet-size loads are available for relief organizations; needy families will be able to receive one case per family.

Preparations for commencement continue. Today trucks containing pallets of folding chairs are being unloaded in McClurkan Quad. Probably some time today staff will begin setting up those chairs and arranging them in rows. The platform/stage in front of McClurkan is nearing completion. Crews will move bleachers into the Quad.

In Nashville some flood waters have receded. Some families are able to return to their homes that were flooded; they are looking for pieces of their lives that they can salvage and are ripping ruined dry wall and carpeting from their  homes. Streets in those areas are lined with the furniture and personal property that were ruined by the flood. All around the flooded areas is a muddy line indicating the height of the flood waters. Some of Nashville's major traffic arteries are still littered with debris from the flood--steel posts, parts of houses that broke off during the storm, parts of trees, mud, and dirt. Clean water for the city is still dangerously low, and Nashvillians are working to conserve water.