ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Car after car filled with flood victims rolled through the parking lot of Antioch Middle School for free bottled water Wednesday.
Country singer Big Kenny and Mayor Karl Dean were among some 30 volunteers from Hands on Nashville, Metro Public Schools and Army and Air Force members that spent the afternoon lugging cases of water into the cars of flood victims.
"I called the mayor. I asked him, ‘What can I do? We just need to lift each other up as much as we can in our community,'" Big Kenny told News 2. "And, I'm so happy to say that I've seen it everywhere I've gone. Nashville has really reached down and picked itself up by its bootstraps."
Mayor Dean wanted to take the opportunity to thank volunteers.
"I've tried to get all over the city," Mayor Dean told News 2. "I've been to Antioch since the storm but I hadn't been out here in the last few days. I wanted to come out and see how things were going. And it's also an opportunity to thank the volunteers and everybody who's helping get water out to people."
The Antioch location is one of six distribution sites that have been set up around Davidson County.
Mayor Dean said they will continue to distribute water daily, until it's no longer needed.
"We'll be here as long as we need to be," Mayor Dean said. "I mean, clearly we are going through a process of encouraging people to conserve water. And, then there are also people who don't have water because their homes have been impacted by the storm. So, as long as we need to be providing these services, we are going to provide them. We aren't going to set an artificial deadline of when we're going to close up."
There are four other water distribution sites set up throughout the mid-state, including the Tennessee State Fairgrounds off Wedgewood Avenue, Bellevue Middle School on Colice Jeanne Road, Pearl Cohn High School on 26th Avenue North and Bailey Middle School on Greenwood Avenue.
The distribution sites are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.