By mtjulietintern

One local real estate agency has used the 2010 Nashville flood as motivation to help victims of the recent Baton Rouge, La., flooding in a continuing effort to help the region.

“I received a call from Louisiana that knew a lot of Keller Williams people in the Baton Rouge office and said that our office in Baton Rouge had been flooded,” said Wendy Dyes with the Keller Williams Mt. Juliet office.

Dyes said the call came from the Prairieville, La., office, which is right outside of Baton Rouge.

The floods have killed more than a dozen residents, and state officials have estimated more than 60,000 homes were damaged and more than 100,000 people have registered for aid.

“They had rented storage space in order to be able to help flood victims and families and called to see if there was anything our office could do. They had told me that even the convenient stores and all of the grocery stores were out of food, and they were in need of food and immediate supplies.”

Dyes said the company has a program called KW Cares, which supports Keller Williams associates and their families as they deal with hardship.

“Right now, all of those efforts are going toward the flood victims in Louisiana,” she said.

In two days, the company raised about $5,200 through various vendors and real estate agents and the Mt. Juliet Walmart gave the group a 10-percent discount for items.

“We were able to buy two pallets of water, non-perishable food, baby formula, hygiene products, pillows, gas cans, hammers, batteries and more,” said Dyes, who said a loaded U-Haul took the items from Nashville to Prairieville last weekend.

She also said the 2010 Nashville flood helped paint a picture of the need that many families have in wake of the floods.

“Nashville was affected in 2010 with the flood, and we understand the importance of immediate support. They have over 40,000 homes that are flooded and the cries of support that we received from our office is that they’re in desperate need of basic human needs,” she said.

“I feel like the least we could do is help our fellow real estate agents in their time of need and give them what they need to be able to rebuild their lives. She cried whenever we told them we were sending support,” she said.

Dyes said the Mt. Juliet Keller Williams office is still accepting donations for flood relief efforts at the office at 2033 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 100.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com