After the Storm: Scenes from a Nashville Neighborhood

Early Tuesday morning, Middle Tennessee was ravaged by devastating storms that left at least 22 people dead and many more injured. East Nashville was one of the hardest-hit areas, by a tornado that leveled businesses, destroyed homes, and spread debris far and wide. But by the time photographer Kate Dearman, who lives about six blocks from Five Points, was able to grab her camera and set out to survey the damage, the work to recover was already underway. Where Dearman found decimated buildings, downed trees, and hollowed-out car windows, she also saw neighbors eager to lend a hand.

“It’s been really cool to see the community rally together. Nobody has to know anyone before they’re willing to help,” Dearman says. “In any way that they can, they’re starting to pick up—even little kids were picking up sticks.”

It’s clear that East Nashville and beyond will need support long after the news cameras have gone home. “That’s one thing I would tell people: When you see startling images like this, look for ways that you can support people beyond the immediate aftermath,” Dearman says. “There are people behind those images whose lives are going to be deeply affected.”

For ways you can help the areas impacted, click here.

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