Flood Help For Pennington Bend Area Residents 2-24-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Flood Help For Pennington Bend Area Residents 2-24-2011

Reported By Cynthia Williams
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Rain hitting the pavement Thursday brought back disastrous memories for Carolyn McClain and other survivors of the May flood.

Video: Pennington Bend Residents See Hope After Flood


"Well, it does make you a little nervous,"said McClain.
It's been almost a year since then, and McClain is still recovering items from her home in the Pennington Bend area. A once leisurely life near the Cumberland River turned into a nightmare for McClain and her Pennington Bend-area neighbors.
Much has changed since the devastation in the community close to Opryland, but not for everyone.
"There are some folks almost at square one. There are some folks in the Pennington Bend area who literally haven't had anything done to them yet," said Metro Councilman Phil Claiborne.
Claiborne said that there is hope for the families who've fallen through flood-recovery cracks in his district.
Gene and Margie Mullen were getting assistance Thursday from the Salvation Army's Restore The Dream Center. The program is a collaborative effort between nonprofits such as the Community Foundation, United Way and Salvation Army.
"There are a lot of people in these communities, their dream was to have their own home, their own land, and all that was lost," said the Salvation Army's Maj. Rob Vincent.
So far, about 400 families have been helped with everything from rebuilding to more immediate needs that can be taken care of with gift cards and determination.
"We're determined we're going to get a life back, although there are days I want to pull the blanket over my head," said McClain.
Salvation Army's Restore The Dream Center:
2416 Music Valley Drive, ste 118 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 615-865-4297


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