Monday, May 3, 2010

The Flood




It's been a while, but I'd like for us to share our experiences with the water this week. My husband and I have a creek in our backyard which is normally quite small, but it grew this weekend. We have been absolutely fine, but it is quite something to watch the water rise and start to fill your yard.

The images on television and pictures that friends have sent have been incredible. I've never seen anything like it here in Nashville.

ETA: The additional pictures were provided by Molly. They are BGA's Lower School parking lot.

I'd love to hear about your neighborhoods and what you've seen in the comments.

67 comments:

  1. Over the weekend my mom had to stop at the library to return some movies ,and she started to read a book.The waters started to rise. All of a sudden it started to flood and she had to stay at the library. She almost had to spend the night there, but she needed to get home so she started to walk home with her car still in the parking lot!While she was walking home a man offered her a ride and he took her home.The End

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  2. Well the hole time i was at Corys or Rutgers house. But at my house my basement was flooded up to our ankles. So when I got home Monday I went downstairs to help clean up the basement.

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  3. Well, I was trapped on an island with about 30 other houses. We all teamed up to survive. Last night we all cooked everything in our freezers. But it was pretty scary we didn't have power for about 3 days. Yesterday it was so hot! Then the power came on at about 9:00! I was so happy! Some people found a way out, so that is why I am at school. The water was so high that it went all the way to the stoplights! Our stoplights are really high. Some people had an air boat it was so cool! I got to go canoeing down the street! It wasn't very deep. Thank goodness! There was so much water in the ground that the sidewalk fell about 3 feet! There were also a ton of mudslides and stuff like that! I'm sure glad it is over!

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  4. My story is not really scary but its the best I've got. What happened was my mom's office at work got flooded and now they are restarting. My mom packed up all her stuff and brought it home. This is all I can say because the rest my mom has not told me. Thank you for reading my story and I hope you like the other stories.

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  5. At my house there were water falls and rivers. For example, the front of my house, where the road is there was a river that covered the whole street. In my back yard we have big walls and since we live on a hill there were water falls. There was two inches in our basement and some in the closet. I'm am just glad I didn't have it as bad as some people.

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  6. On Sunday I was with my grandparents. My parents were out of town. When I woke up Sunday my house had no electricity and the stream next to my house was going over the bridge. It was awful! My grandparents had to leave so they took my brother and sister and me too my other grandparents house. They had electricity so we were fine. That night i had to go to Long Horn Stake House in my pajamas! My parents came back that night. The next morning we realized that 4 feet of water was under our house! Even thought it took a long time we got all the water out. That is my flood experience! :)

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  7. I didn't have any water trouble at all. The most exciting that I did was going to Publix. When we got there there wasn't much water. But after a hour or two of food shopping an announcer said for everyone to get out because the water was rising. So my dad and I made food shopping a extreme speed sport. After we got home we heard on the news that Publix was starting to flood. The End.

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  8. When I go to church my family we take one road. Then, during the storm it was covered in I guess 2 feet of water!

    A friend had to stay at my house because they were out of power!

    Today they went home because their power came back on!

    Thank you that the storm is OVER!

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  9. I had tons of water at my house. My ditch overflowed there was so much water. I packed up and went to the University. Then, I heard that water got in the University. We went back home, but it took a while. there were roads flooded and one road was covered with a tree because it got knocked down. There was a power cord down on another road. We finally got home. We stayed home the rest of the day. There was a lot of water then and there is still water in my ditch flowing in it today.

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  10. My dads friend has a huge truck like you know when they make the truck off the ground the water was touching the truck. I have a friend that has a creek about a 100 yards away and the water was a few feet away from the house.

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  11. I had a very interesting weekend. We had no flooding at our house but we had leaks. Outside we had some flooding but not much, we had a waterfall on our rock wall and we had a tiny pond in our ditch. Down at our driveway we had flooding it was nothing major, but the culverts were over flowing and the water was getting on the road. We were out on the trampoline when it was not raining. It was so fun the heavier one went up higher that the lighter one.I was the heavier one because Mason, my little brother jumped on the trampoline with me. It was a record breaking weekend. I was a part of history. The past weekend was a thriller.

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  12. It was quite an experience seeing water rise up so high. I was going to stay at my cousin's house for the night, but my family and I had to turn around and go back home because water covered the road. What I saw on the way there was unimaginable. I saw a road but it was blocked off because the rest of road was under water. Then I heard about the parents of my cousin's friend who had to get their canoe to get out of the house. I am thankful that most people at our school are recovering okay.

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  13. I did not have much happening at my house. My basemaent had a little water in it, my creek was like the Ocoee, and a one hundred year old tree fell down in my yard.

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  14. It's amazing what nature can do. It rained so hard that the creek in my yard over flowed, I have some tree's I planted a couple of years ago, the creek went past them! The creek flooded my naber's yard!

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  15. Wow! I have never the weather like this in Nashville, very unexpected!
    So many parts of Tennessee were damaged. And so many lifes,houses,jobs were taken over by water! I am very lucky that my family and I were safe during all of this. I do have something though that I saw that took my breath away, the Concord YMCA! I live a couple of miles away from that certain YMCA and have never in my life seen it so bad. I saw cars,trails,soccer field all UNDERWATER!!! I hope they have recovered now from all of this. I am sure I will never forget this day that will live in history.
    Hannah L.

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  16. On my weekend, I did not have any floods at my house, because I live on a hill. However, down the road from my neighborhood, there was a flood about 10 feet deep. The roads were closed, because it was around a foot on the roads. It took us about 20 minutes to get home from a place that wood usually take around 10 minutes to get to.

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  17. I had a terable weekend my garage and basement was flooded i spent my hole weekend caring water out of places and on Saturday i saw my friends backyard turn into a river in a matter of hours and on Sunday they were flooded.So i helped them move out on Monday and then i lost a friend to the flood and then i helped Ensworth clean up and then i went to my farm and checked on my chickens and they were alright but my boat was thrown on land and my boat house was filled with 4 feet of water from the usual water line and then i went to carry trees out of the way so that all.

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  18. I was not affected by the flood, though there was a river in my backyard caused by my creek. I was a little scared by the thunder and lightning. I heard tornado warning and sirens but the news said "No tornadoes." I had no cable but my backroom TV had a digital box so we watched the news all the time and I mostly played Wii and read my OR book for school. We also filled twenty four bottles of water because the water treatment plant was shut down so we had plenty of water. That's what we did all weekend and I had a fun time!

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  19. at least it will not happen for for another 500 years

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  20. Last week was very crazy.People said it was the flood of 1000 years! Luckily our house was not effected, but our yard, road, and drive way was flooded. We found all kinds of stuff in the water. Like skulls, fossils, and plants. It was very hard to clean up. that is my flood story.

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  21. This morning while I was getting ready for school,the news was on. One of the reporters was standing in a neighborhood where it looked like everyone's things were in there yard. She said that now police had to check the I.D. of anyone who went into tho neighborhood to see if they live their because someone had stolen peoples' things.I thing whoever did it is an idiot because these people most-likely just lost everything they had and the stuff is probably all wet.

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  22. The rain really started on Saturday, but it was on Sunday when we couldn't leave our house. On Sunday we got up to go to church, we tried to go the usual way, but when we went that way it was flooded. The usual way is we go down by the college soccer field. When we went that way at the bottom of the hill there was probably 5 - 10 feet of water. We backed up and started going the other way, but it was flooded too. So we ended up not going to church. Even though we didn't go we still had work to do. My neighbor ( Mrs. Miller ) her basement got a lot of water in it. We got it half way out and then three more neighbors came in to help. My Mom said since they showed up I could go home. When I got home our pool looked like it was about to over flow. We didn't have much happen in our house but outside of our house was a lot of trouble.

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  23. The FLOOD. The flood was horible it was bad at my house. My house was bad but we were fine .We had 3to4 feet of water in my basement.It was bad for us but i feel bad for the peoples houses that got ruined.

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  24. Karolyne Bailey #2May 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Last week my basement flooded. My mom and dad woke me up on Sunday morning and told me to put on my rain boots and get in the car. We went driving around to look at the houses on our street that were flooded. At first I did not think it would be fun but it turned out to be.

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  25. Luckily,my house didn't get flooded.Although,it got a little leaking,so we had to put buckets and towels under it so the floor would not get wet.I know serious stuff has happened to other people's houses.I am very grateful.

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  26. My Backyard was full of water,It almost covered up one of our swings on our swing set.I was scared that I ran back inside.I watched the news.They were talking about the Childrens Hospital was flooding inside.Good thing It didn't come into our house

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  27. I really did not get effected that bad.the only thing that happened at my house the power went out and was at rutgers house when the power went.but i heard a lot of people were hurt.

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  28. Well i saw many tragic scenes and deaths but they were all frightening. the flood was very bad. when i was leaving the bowling alley on Saturday, i saw 3 cars under water and all you could see was 1ft. of their hood. I pray each day that everyone who was effected physicaly and emotionaly are ok. And i thank God for blessing me

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  29. Oh! And I forgot about the leaks in our house! We have 7 leaks!!! My tree house got flooded. Now the carpet is all wet! My bean bags are also wet! I'm so mad!

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  30. The flood was very strong and affected people's lives. I have a creek in my backyard about 1 foot wide, but by the end of the storm,it looked like it was 10 feet wide. I had an oppritunity to help people who had been devistated emotionally and physically by the flood so I took advantage of it. I went down to Lipscomb University and played with the kids and put a smile on their faces. I so fortunite that I didn't get devistated by the flood.

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  31. The flood was horrible and our basement was flooded with 3ft. of water and we had to throw every thing away that got wet.

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  32. I was not affected in the flood. But there were people in Bordeaux who's houses were badly damaged.My mom took me down there to see how bad it was and there were people who had to move all of there stuff out of there homes.

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  33. There wasn't much happening at my house. At Brigestone arena water flooded all of the ice. Me and my friends swam in the storm in my pool.

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  34. In my back yard their is a little ditch that goes into a drain and this drain is tall and the water was almost to the top of it it looked like I had my own pond.But you would not want too swim in it.

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  35. At my house we did not have any flooding or leaks and our electricity wasn't out so I was happy about that. But my aunt and incl;e live in Bellevue and had a lot of flooding. There basement was flooded up to the ceilings and was about to get into the first floor but luckily never did. Their neighbors were nice and let them stay at there house for a little while. On Sunday night my aunt and my baby cousin, Zoe, got on a boat to go stay with my grandmother for until the flooding went down. My uncle decided to stay at there house until the flooding went down instead of going to stay with my grandmother. I am really happy they are doing OK now.

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  36. On Saturday the Sump Pump under my house failed so our house flooded. Then the plumier came to get the water out of our house. On Sunday the power went out and our sump pump could not work so our house got flooded again. Since the power was out mt dad went out to buy a generator. It was 800 dollars and when we were putting the we put everything together and when we were putting the wheals on the power came back on.

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  37. I didn't have any flood damage in my house but a lot of places I saw had water for example the football field was flooded and lots of other Roads were flooded too.And tree was down on Franklin Road.

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  38. I heard of a house the got lifted off of it's foundation and it floated down the road.Big old slates of brick were peeling off of the house.A news reporter could not even lift them up.It amazes me.

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  39. Sunday my brother and I went out to see how bad it was in our neighborhood. First he showed me the first house on the left it was in two feet deep of water.Then we went to the of my street and look at Ensworth High School their fields are flooded with six or seven of water.Now it has goon down a lot.

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  40. I didn't get any water in my yard, but their was water all over my street. The creek across the street was so high that my neighbor's WHOLE yard was under at least 4to5 feet of water.

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  41. I was lucky enough to not have any damage from the floods. On Friday night I spent the night with my friend Maddie, and I ended up staying there the whole weekend, encluding Monday. Her house was not damaged eathier, luckly, but there was some leaks in the basement. We stayed upstairs and watched the news every time something came up about the floods. There was a portable that was flooting down the street in the flood. The portale was my sister's friend's portable. (I guess that they won't be in school for a long time!) My Mimi's basement was only a tiny bit flooded, but my mom and her got it up. (Thank goodness.) I'm really glad that I wasn't effected by the floods, but I know some people were. I hope the people that bwere effected are okay and safe now. That's my "flood" story!

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  42. burris5th.blogspot.comMay 5, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    On Sunday I woke up and it was raining I stayed in side for about an hour my sister had gone all morning to breakfast when she got back she said that the creek was flooded so we walked down there and I found out that my uncles hay feild was a lake Just to point out it is a half a mile long so that was just one thing that happened

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  43. The flood caused our electricity to go out but no water got into our house. My cousins downstairs was full of water on Saturday, but they opened the door and the water ruined their fences. I am so thankful that no water got into our house.

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  44. On Sunday morning the rain was coming down hard! My family and I live very close to the Harpeth River and it flooded a lot of people. We were very lucky not to get flooded! The power went off for a couple of days. My dad, mom, sister, aunt, uncle, two cousins, and I all went to stay with my grandparents! I ended up sleeping on the floor and did not go to sleep until late that night. We finally got to go home after school on Tuesday. Our power was on and I got to sleep in my own bed! That was what happened to me during the flood!

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  45. We had a couple of leaks at are house but other wise we were fine. I feel sorry for all those people who lost their homes in the flood. My neighbors basement flooded so on Monday they had to clean everything up. I ended up babysitting thier baby girl. My family and I were very lucky!

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  46. My mom works with Ms. Ann. She lives in Bellevue. Ms. Ann got stuck at her house and couldn't connect with anyone at my mom's office. She stayed home on Monday to take care of her house which had a little flooding. Her phone service was out and she couldn't get in contact with anyone for several hours. When she could use her phone, she called her boss and left a message on his blackberry. He didn't check it until the next morning. Everyone at my mom's office was worried about Ms. Ann. Ms. Ann got to work safely the next day. She is okay. This is the story I wanted to tell you about the flood.

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  47. I live in Franklin. There was a lot of flooding and several roads were closed for a few days. We were very lucky not to have any damage to our house. It taught me how powerful mother nature can be.

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  48. During the flood my family wasn't affected but i saw a lot of people who did and they said their houses were under water I'm just blessed that nothing happened to me.

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  49. I didn't get any flooding but my neighbors got their garage flooded and I helped clean it out. I went in an overflowing river and I swung on a swing across it with a swing.

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  50. I didn't get effected by the flood that badly but the places around me really did. The street next to my street (Joslen Hollow)was under water. I guess it was about four feet deep. It was like a mini waterfall. That is my story about the flood.

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  51. During the flood I was visiting in Kentucky. The water was horrible there to. When I was going to church I saw a family setting in there yard or what was left of it. The family was on there own small island!

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  52. My house was not effected by the flood,but many of my neighbors were. Our power went out on Sunday. Monday our power still was not working. So, my family decided we should pack up and go to my grandparents house in Brentwood. Even though it took us 2 hours to get there,we made it! We stayed there that night with my parents, grandparents, my brother, my 2 other cousins and my aunt and uncle . Our power finally came back on Tuesday morning and we went back home! That's what happened over the weekend.

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  53. My house did not get water in it but my front yard got a little in it.Some of the houses near me got a lot of water in their yard.I was in Brentwood and i went to go eat and it started to pour dawn rain.When I went home i went through a lot of whater it almost came in my car.It rained a lot but my house was not efected.

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  54. Luckily, my house is on a hill so no damage was done to my house. But, I saw something AMAZING on the news!! A school portable from Lighthouse Christian School was swept away and floated down to the Interstate! I really thought that showed just how bad the flood was.

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  55. Our basement got flooded 3 feet! Our fence got knocked over by the strong water. We are actually staying at our neighbors house right now. Our screened in porch flooded. My mom's scrapbooks are all wet along with a lot of pics. We had people canoeing in our back yard! Good thing we have flood insurance!

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  56. No water got to my houses interior, nor did my grandparents. They were in the Philippines, but there creek was so full it got over the wall they made. It was so full it was gushing like crazy! My little brothers school was flooded but I don't know how bad. He got out of school all week

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  57. Thank goodness my house suffered no damage during the flood. I have seen so many pictures on t.v. of the people who have lost their homes, cars, and clothes. I have even seen stories on the news of people who have lost their lives or the life of a loved one. I saw a story of four boys who got on a float and tried to go down a flooded river. The river was flowing so rapidly and taking them so fast that they became lost. Only three of the four boys were found alive.

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  58. I was one of the more fortunate people who did not suffer during the flood. I never even got a power outage. I was worried for the safety and well being of all the other people who suffered, and will be praying for them tonight

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  59. I went to the foot ball stadium and saw the water over the stairs and the hill where me and my dad go catfish at plus I saw on the news the Bass Pro Shop and the water was at the front door we got a lot of water last weak.

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  60. We Had no flooding at our house but it was raining really hard. Three blocks down a house was flooded but we did have to sit in the bath tub for five minuets.The next day me and my mom when to the bank.It was flooded so bad that Target and Party city was flooded we had to get a picture of it.

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  61. I was thankful that there wasn't any flooding at my house, but sad for the people who did have flooding. I saw Opry Mills was flooded and I thought that was sad. I also heard there were a few people who died and I hope that there family is okay.

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  62. Down the road from my house there were people driving there boat down the streets to go and rescue people.The police found a car in the river and they found out that their had bin three people in the car two survived but one stayed in the car and said that he wasn't leaving his car in the river so he stayed in and later the police found his car but he was not in it but the police know he is dead and they also found four other people washed up on the river bank.This all happened close to where i live and it was caused by the Harpeth river

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  63. Our backyard was flooding two days in a row! We saw a basket ball, a water gun, and a bunch of wood pass by our house. Our house wasn't damaged other than that. After those days, we found other stuff in our backyard. We also had a power outage. We even skipped church because of the flood.

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  64. I was very lucky. My home didn't get flooded one bit. Though my granddad took me out to go site-seeing, and it was devastating. I saw houses completely under water! My mom manages the shopping center"Bellemeade Galleria" and in the parking garage, there were cars that the water had dragged them up on to a pole! I am very glad there's no more rain!

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  65. I was so lucky. the flood got so close to my house. We have a river behind our house and ive never seen it this high. Our grandparents live on the same property and we were going to go down there ,well we couldn't because the drive way flooded. So we had to take kayaks to there house it was such an adventure.

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  66. My beige is gone it was about 85 feet long. A big tree hit it on the middle peeler and got stuck on it. now there is a back way to get to my house. My family was lucky that we where no at our house. Our next door nabors said it sound like it blew up

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  67. On Saturday, it started to rain badly. About 5 houses down, the water was up to their doorstep. There is a small creek by our house that was huge with water flowing rapidly. The Lipscomb track and football field had water about 5 feet high. We were very lucky because we live up on a hill.

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