World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 04:00 am

Torrential rain and flash floods kill seven people in Nashville and middle Tennessee

The flood revealed the growing class divisions and income inequality in the “It” city, as Nashville has come to be known, as a result of its rapid growth and the increasing presence of major corporations.

” Antioch is a working class suburb of Nashville that has suffered serious flooding in the past from two streams, Seven Mile Creek and Mill Creek, the latter of which accounted for three of the five deaths in metropolitan Nashville.In Nashville, as across the US and internationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has sharply intensified pre-existing social and economic contradictions, impacting the working class most brutally.Many working class families living in single homes or apartments faced the type of dangers generally associated with underdeveloped countries.The area is working class, with many Hispanic and Middle Eastern residents.

According to Nashville Electric Service officials, about 16,000 Nashville residents lost electrical power because of the storm and resulting flooding.According to the Nashville Business Journal, the most recent figures, covering the 2016-2017 fiscal year, reveal that the state awarded more than $1.

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