Give to the Relief Efforts in TennesseeBlog ▸ Campuses | April 4, 2011
Recently, severe weather conditions created extreme flooding in Tennessee, which ravaged communities and homes. More importantly, the lives of thousands of people have been devastated and lost. The Nashville students and schools were not excluded from the vast and extreme destruction the flood waters caused. Several students were brave enough to speak to us about their experiences. “I will never forget the horrific sound of bending metal as the front door gave way to rushing water,” said an Empire Education Group student. To date, an estimated 5-8 feet of water flooded Nashville and surrounding communities. Many are without homes, food, vehicles, and other basic necessities. And though one might think home owners insurance would cover the cost of such a disaster, many residents are finding they are not covered at all. “These neighborhoods have suffered great tragedies,” added another Empire Education Group student from Nashville.
“Watching my car just drift away was unreal,”noted another student affected from the flooding, which has even reached parts of Kentucky. Lives have been torn apart and lives have been lost. The numbers of those rescued are
daunting and reach into the hundreds as the flood waters engulfed homes, businesses, schools, and much more. “The fire department had to rescue us from the building,” mentioned an Empire Education Group student from one of the Tennessee schools. Currently, several of the Tennessee students, faculty and staff are able to continue their cosmetology education with little disruption as they found a nearby annex. Many students have been personally affected by this tragedy. One student who recently was in the process of moving, had all her belongings in her car and watched in an instant
as her car and all that she owned was swept away. Although the flood waters have destroyed many of the communities in and around Nashville, the students, faculty and staff remain steadfast and dedicated to helping others and continuing on with their educational goals. “The thing that cannot be destroyed is faith,” added a victim of the flooding and an Empire Education Group Student.