Volunteer recalls responding to devastating flood of 2010 - WKRN News 2

Volunteer recalls responding to devastating flood of 2010

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A volunteer who stepped up and helped provide relief to residents in a north Nashville neighborhood during the devastating flood of 2010 recalls the tragic event on its two year anniversary.

Avery Patton told Nashville's News 2 he clearly remembers the phone call he received from a member of the "Dirty Dozen," a community group that he belongs to that provides assistance to those in need.

"He called me and said, "Hey, we need to do something,'" he recalled, adding, "So when he gave me a call, I went on to text with 50 guys."

Homeowners in the neighborhood on West Hamilton Road referred to the men, who were the first to provide help to their area, as heroes.  

Two years later, Patton said the memories of the historic flood remain vivid and while it is difficult to see the neighborhood in its current state, he said the tragedy has left a lasting impact on him and others of the Dirty Dozen.  

"It was a must that we do it.  That's what we do. That's what the Dirty Dozen [does] in our community. That's what we're known for, helping people," he said.  

Many of the homes in the neighborhood Patton provided assistance to were part of the Metro buyout program.

Following the devastating flood, the city offered to purchase 305 properties throughout the city.

One hundred and seventy-nine homeowners took advantage of the offer.

Earlier this week, Gaylord filed a lawsuit against the government accusing the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of negligence that led to massive destruction at its luxury hotel in Nashville and damage to the most famous country music venue in the world during flooding in 2010.

Other companies, including Gibson Guitars and Verizon Communications are also suing as well.

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