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Jonathan Serrie

Atlanta, GA

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Country Stars Shine for Flooded Music City

May 7, 2010 - 1:06 PM | by: Jonathan Serrie

Some of country music’s biggest stars are donating their time, talent and money to help Nashville recover from the flood.

Taylor Swift pledged $500,000 for flood relief during a telethon last night hosted by Vince Gill on local TV station WSMV. The telethon raised an estimated $1.7 million for the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

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During an appearance on FOX News, country music legend George Jones and fellow singer John Rich (seen in the photo above) urged fans to donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.

Benefit concerts and other fundraisers are being scheduled at various locations around the city.

Yesterday afternoon, the Cumberland River dipped nearly half a foot below flood stage. Conditions are expected to continue improving today, allowing more residents to return to flood-damaged homes.

But Nashville Metropolitan Government officials are urging residents to use water sparingly when cleaning their houses and belongings in the aftermath of the flood. One of Nashville’s two water treatment plants was damaged during the high waters and needs additional repairs and inspections before it goes back online.

In the meantime, city officials say Nashville needs to cut its normal water usage in half to sustain the system’s reduced capacity. Some upscale restaurants have started serving food on paper plates and wine in plastic cups to reduce the amount of water they use for washing dishes.

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