Parents of rescued infant overwhelmed by kindness of strangers - WKRN News 2

Parents of rescued infant overwhelmed by kindness of strangers

Posted: Updated: Aug 30, 2013 05:36 PM CDT
5-week-old Lauren Marlin was rescued from her flooded home on August 8, 2013. 5-week-old Lauren Marlin was rescued from her flooded home on August 8, 2013.
Jeremiah and Rebecca Marlin returned to the home Friday. Jeremiah and Rebecca Marlin returned to the home Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville couple whose five-week-old daughter was carried through waist high water during a heroic flood rescue earlier this month say they're taking it "day by day."

Nashville's News 2 captured the rescue of the infant, Lauren Marlin, her four-year-old brother Jay and her parents Jeremiah and Rebecca, on camera while on the air.

The family climbed into the attic as water rose as high as six feet in the home on Gibson Drive.
Rebecca Marlin says she grabbed what she could, including her children's baby books, but almost all of their belongings are gone.

"We're people who live paycheck to paycheck, day by day, just trying to get by and we've been completely uprooted," Rebecca Marlin told Nashville's News 2.

Since that day, the family has been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers, who have donated everything from cash to diapers.

"Complete strangers have come up to give us clothing and food and money. I mean, it's amazing how people will give and they don't even know you," Rebecca Marlin continued.

The family's home is gutted and empty. "It's hard to look at," the young mother told News 2.

The Marlins still have a long road ahead. They are staying with family for now while they continue to deal with their insurance company and FEMA.

Residents in the Gibson Drive area are encouraged to attend a community meeting scheduled next month to discuss storm water runoff issues.

The meeting will be Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fifty Forward Madison Station Senior Center.

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