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40 LDS families displaced by flooding in Tennessee

40 LDS families displaced by flooding in Tennessee

A record storm displaced some 40 Latter-day Saint families of the Nashville Tennessee Stake, forcing them to find shelter with friends, relatives, fellow members and at local hotels.

A sign for Riverfront Park is visible as floodwaters from the Cumberland River recede on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, is visible across the river. The Cumberland River that submerged parts of Music City's historic downtown began to recede Tuesday after being swollen by heavy rain and the flooding creeks that feed into it.
A sign for Riverfront Park is visible as floodwaters from the Cumberland River recede on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, is visible across the river. The Cumberland River that submerged parts of Music City's historic downtown began to recede Tuesday after being swollen by heavy rain and the flooding creeks that feed into it. Photo: Associated Press

The two-day storm, May 1-2, reportedly dumped more than a foot of rain in Nashville and other regions of Tennessee and Kentucky, causing flooding that is being blamed for 28 deaths. All members and missionaries are safe and accounted for.

The Cumberland River, which runs through downtown Nashville, crested at nearly 12 feet above flood stage.

The Cumberland River overflows its banks near downtown Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Heavy weekend rain caused the Cumberland River, which winds through Nashville, to over flow its banks flooding part of downtown and other areas around the city. Floodwaters appear to be receding Tuesday.
The Cumberland River overflows its banks near downtown Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Heavy weekend rain caused the Cumberland River, which winds through Nashville, to over flow its banks flooding part of downtown and other areas around the city. Floodwaters appear to be receding Tuesday. Photo: Associated Press

Nashville Tennessee Stake President Kevin M. Tipps said crews of members have been mobilized to assist flood victims of all backgrounds. Most of the work has included stripping and cleaning carpets and Sheetrock in homes and providing reconstruction where skilled labor is available.

"We will probably have crews on the ground for the next three days and on Saturdays," said President Tipps on May 5.

An airplane is partially submerged in Nashville, Tenn.
An airplane is partially submerged in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP

No area meetinghouses were seriously impacted by the deluge. Two minor leaks in the roof of the Nashville Tennessee Temple were repaired. The residence of temple president Richard K. Sager suffered major flooding.

"[President Sager] had to be taken out by boat," said President Tipps.

The Church dispatched a truckload of water to affected areas as part of an initial response.

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