Catholic community hit by flooding in Nashville
Catholic community hit by flooding in Nashville

.- Following devastating floods in central Tennessee and northern Mississippi in the past week that killed at least 19 people, the spokesman for the Diocese of Nashville reported that the Catholic community has “been hit pretty hard.”

Rick Musacchio, director of communications for the Diocese of Nashville, told CNA on Tuesday that although school and parish buildings only had “relatively minor damage” from the floods, “members of the Catholic community here in Nashville have been hit pretty hard.”

“Quite a number of people have lost their houses or have had some level of water damage,” he added.

According to Fox News, thousands of residents in Tennessee saw their homes hit with more than 13 inches of rain falling over the course of two days. Authorities were forced to evacuate the downtown area of Nashville where a leaky levee further threatened local homes and businesses. 

“So far at this point we're still assessing the depth and breadth of the damage,” Musacchio said. “Quite a number of folks are not even able to get back into their houses at this point.”

Though the Nashville diocese is attempting to mobilize relief efforts, “communication has been sporadic at best, particularly in the hardest hit areas of the community,” he noted. Even though there has been difficulty coordinating a diocesan-wide outreach, “parish level and really even smaller groups than that came together in an organic fashion to pitch in and help each other out,” the diocesan spokesman explained.

Parish communities within Nashville, said Musacchio, “are pooling resources, putting some effort into taking care of each other, taking in neighboring families and sheltering people as we move from the downpour and deluge stage of this to really more of the clean up and recovery process.”

Despite the work of individuals, a good deal of the recovery initiative still “relies on the governmental efforts to get roads open again, to get power restored, in the hopes that we don't lose drinking water supply,” he added.

Musacchio explained that it is too early in the recovery process for there to be a relief funding effort on the diocesan level but said that the Nashville Diocese, with around 80,000 parishioners, has a history of being “tremendously generous” in supporting appeals for other communities stricken with natural disasters.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: