Walking through the hardest hit areas of this city, the acrid smell of “flood mud” — a combination of mud mixed with garbage and toxins — is everywhere. The smell may be ugly but the sight of victims’ possessions piled all around is heartrending.
Flooded Nashvillians are not without help, however. Neighborhoods are crawling with volunteers and the Red Cross reports that the turnout of helpers is well above average for this type of incident. Yet more are needed, and will be needed for months to come.