NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Police Lt. Floyd Hyde was used to handling a crisis, but this time it was his own. The Iraq War vet rushed home from weekend National Guard duty one week ago to find his house full of water, but his family safe.
Hyde is one of about 60 Nashville metro police officers who were among the thousands of flood victims in The Music City. Several of the officers have been trying to repair the damage to their homes while also working 12-hour shifts since the flooding began.
"Just below this front window and you can see the water on the door where it got in," Hyde said, describing the flood damage in his home for CBN News.
Family, friends and church members have come to the rescue, removing the drywall to help save the Hyde family's house. The furniture didn't make it. The flood water buckled the hardwood floor, was absorbed into the insulation in the walls, which also caused it to rise up higher in the walls during the second or third day of flooding.
"Lost it all? Lost everything," Hyde said.
After being excused from duty for a few days to deal with his flood-damaged home, Hyde has worked 12-hour shifts since last week to help others deal with the high water.
"When I first went back to work the first place I went into was the Old Hickory area, Pennington Bend. (I've) seen the same thing up there that I've seen in our area here. People helping people, working together was great," he explained.
Hyde remarked that its times like these that bring out the best in people. For example, two little girls from his daughter's school raised $100 for the family by running a Kool-Aid stand.
"And they took every bit of it, gave it to our daughter to take my wife out for Mother's day," he said, pausing as he spoke to control his emotions.
The hardened war veteran and police lieutenant choked up over the good deed done for him and his family. The girls kindness was deeply felt. His wife even enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day dinner.
Lt. Hyde's story is just one of thousands of those affected by recent flooding in Tennessee. Thousands of people are still in need of aid. CBN's Operation Blessing International has been providing relief supplies and helping families restore their homes.
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