North Nashville neighbors come together to rebuild their neighborhood after tornado

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Mar 04, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Thousands of people were still without power just one day after a deadly tornado ripped through Middle Tennessee. One of the hardest hit areas is North Nashville, where many families are wondering what's next.

The Metro Nashville Minority Caucus met Tuesday afternoon at Lee Chapel AME Church to urge other city officials to remember the people of North Nashville during the cleanup efforts. Councilwoman at-large, Sharon Hurt said what is needed the most in the area is electricity.

"We need to have the power up, we need to have poles up so public works can come in, the fire people can come in, everybody can come in," said Hurt, "This is North Nashville, we appreciate that Germantown is in North Nashville and we know that, but I’m concerned about the people sitting on the porch that used to have a house to it."

Tina Brown lost her home on Monday. She's lived there for 15-years and before that, her husband had lived there for 30 years.

"It’s gone, cars, motorcycles, everything, but I’m just happy to be standing here talking with you. And I got so many people out here helping," said Brown.

Brown says she has insurance and she plans ton rebuild, but we were told that some families are being forced out of their rental properties.

"It’s devastating, because you’re already losing your neighborhood due to gentrification, now with this threat you’re really going to lose your neighborhood to gentrification," said Rev. Judy Cummings with New Covenant Christian Church.

Brown said she is worried about that, but she's praying it doesn't happen.

"We’re staying right here, we ain’t going nowhere, we’re going to rebuild," said Brown, "This is our neighborhood, we’re going to be here, and I hope everybody else can stay."

Lee Chapel is a distribution center for North Nashville storm victims. Volunteers are not asking for clothes. Instead they need: Flashlights, Batteries, cleaning supplies, toiletries, non perishable food items, women’s hygiene products, baby formula, deodorant, baby wipes, diapers.

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