NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Flood waters have forced many people to leave their homes or abandon their cars. Several shelters have opened for people who have no place to go.
Governor Phil Bredesen said Monday evening that there are around 1,100 people in the shelters, and there are five other shelters on standby.
If you have questions or need non-emergency assistance finding a shelter, call the Emergency Operations Center community hotline at (615) 862-8574.
In an emergency, call 911.
The Red Cross and Congressman Jim Cooper will hold a press conference Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. They will provide an update on the Red Cross including information on resources and available aid. Nashville Red Cross
Red Cross Shelters Open for Evacuees
• Lipscomb University • Gordon Jewish Community Center • Fairview Recreation Center • Hazelwood Elementary School • Al Menah Shrine Center • First Assembly of God • First United Methodist Church • First Baptist Church • Grace United Methodist Church • Smyrna Town Center • Centerville Church of Christ • College Hills Church of Christ • Haywood Junior High School • Waverly Church of Christ • Civic Center • Baker Community • Franklin People's Church • Ed Rice Community Center
The United Way 211 center normally gets a couple hundred calls on a busy day. Monday morning, they had more than 900 calls.
The staff is doing all they can to make sure the people who are calling get the information and the help they desperately need.
"It's a disaster and lots of people, lots of needs," said Brian Schafer with 211.
The people are calling from Nashville and beyond needing shelter, food, clothing, medicine and someone to listen.
The staff is sometimes making calls themselves. Schafer heard from a family that was stranded in Perry County. United Way
"I had to call the 911 in that area so they could dispatch a boat to get those people," said Schafer.
The 211 center is collecting information on all of the new services available to storm victims. They've also got 7,000 existing programs in the area that they can refer people to.