Amidst the rubble, East Nashville residents find hope as cleanup begins

Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:12:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Leigh Maples stood on the front porch of her East Nashville business tears started falling down her face, the neighborhood she has loved for 40 years looks nothing like its former self.

There is so much in East Nashville that is not where it belongs. Historic homes that have stood for over a century will have to be demolished. Iconic businesses and restaurants, damaged beyond repair by Tuesday's deadly tornado.

But this hard his community has not lost its heart.

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"There are a lot of unselfish people here, who are so happy to help. It's overwhelming," Leigh Maple said as she looked out of the piles of debris which now surround the Five Points area.

With many streets still closed because of downed power lines Nashville residents took to foot, carrying wagons and wheelbarrows full of food and water. Strangers could be seen walking up to damaged homes, asking homeowners if there was anything they could do to help cleanup the incredible amount of damage here.

A midst the rubble and ruin, hope seems to be defining the next phase of this disaster.

"This is a historic area and the houses are beautiful, but that's just stuff. We'll make new history."