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Mon Aug 30, 2021, 11:52 PM

The Point Is That People in the South Are Suffering

NASHVILLE — By now you’ve probably seen photos of the apocalyptic flooding in Middle Tennessee’s Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys Counties on Aug. 21, though it’s understandable if you scrolled right on past without really looking. There’s a déjà vu quality to such images. Cars lifted by some unstoppable force and returned to earth cattywampus. Houses at odds with their foundations, or just gone. Holes where roads used to be. The debris field of a bombing.

At least 20 people died in Middle Tennessee, and entire communities were wrecked beyond all recognition. If you let yourself think about the survivors, the pictures will break your heart.

“These are people we know. These are people’s families that we know,” Sheriff Chris Davis of Humphreys County told WPLN’s Damon Mitchell. “These are people that we grew up with.” The places that were nearly flattened by the flooding are small towns, or close-knit communities that can’t rightly be called towns, and nearly every family there is broken by loss. Many people lost everything they own.

If the pictures break your heart, it’s the stories that will kill you. The teenagers who went outside to take pictures and then watched as one of their own was carried away by a wall of water that came out of nowhere. The father trying to hold on to infant twins, or the mother trying to hold on to her toddler, powerless when the muddy water claimed them anyway. People frantically trying to help their neighbors, too many of them losing their lives in the process.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/opinion/tennessee-natural-disasters-climate-change.html

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Zorro Aug 2021 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Aug 2021 #1
Moebym Aug 2021 #3
SoCalDavidS Aug 2021 #2
multigraincracker Aug 2021 #4

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 12:04 AM

1. It's hard to feel sympathy when the State doesn't give a shit about it's own.....

when are Tennessean's going to say, fuck this shit, and start voting sane people into office?

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 01:21 AM

3. Oh, sane Tennesseans exist.

I lived in Knoxville for ten years and know many good, decent people who still live in the area.

They are just wildly outnumbered.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 12:08 AM

2. Why Would TN Care About These Dead, When They Couldn't Care Less About All The Covid Deaths?

20 people died in TN from Covid today. But somehow, the 20 deaths mentioned in this article is a tragedy.

Only difference is, 20 people won't die from the hurricane tomorrow, but 20 WILL die from Covid. And the day after that. And the day after that.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:59 AM

4. The Bible Belt.....

Lots of Churches and little love.

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