To the Editor:On a devastating weekend of May 1-2, businesses and individuals were scrambling to save what they could from flooding waters in Lebanon and throughout Wilson County. I saw Town Creek flood in 1989, but not anything like it did in May 2010. Several businesses on the Downtown Square lost everything, many lost a lot of things and everyone has been dealing with a huge mess. Many businesses in other areas of Lebanon dealt with losses and clean-up efforts. The good news is help came quickly. A call, emails and Facebook messages were sent immediately. People arrived from all walks of life asking where we are needed and what can we do. The Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office quickly became a flood store. Fortune Plastics sent cases upon cases of trash bags, Custom Packaging, Walmart, Bridgestone Firestone, Ozark Truck Line and Cracker Barrel sent hundreds of boxes. Kenwal Steel brought plastic tubs, University Medical Center and Summit Medical Center and Summit Imaging and Convenient Care delivered boxes of gloves, masks, bleach, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and other products. Business owners, property owners and volunteers worked from sun up to sun down cleaning the mess that the flood left behind. Local restaurants and caterers brought food daily to feed those who only had a few minutes to spare during their clean-up time. A special thanks to the following: Michael’s Café, Old Neighborhood, Pesto’s, Painturo’s, Ruby Tuesday’s, Heavenly Ham, Sonic, Burger King, McDonald’s, Zaxby’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s Pizza, Shoney’s, Maggi Moo’s, and Whitt’s Bar-B-Cue. Many brought ice, drinks, and many many people came down just to serve food, and deliver supplies and water. Churches cooked and served food, they also delivered food and assisted in other areas of Lebanon that were damaged.Representatives from the Lebanon Fire Department, the Lebanon Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency were on the scene every day. If I have left anyone out I do apologize, the outpouring of love is just too numerous to remember all of them. Wilson County helps Wilson County, we knew it before and we definitely know it now. In the almost 19 years I have been associated with the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, I continue to be truly amazed at the love, compassion and caring people in our communities.To everyone your kindness will never be forgotten. The citizens of our communities are truly the best and you have proven without a doubt, “Wilson County is the Place to Be.”Sue Vanatta, President and CEO,Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce
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