Singer Taylor Swift will contribute $500,000 for flood relief after deadly storms lashed her hometown of Nashville.
The country superstar’s donation was announced on a telethon held on US station WSMV, “Flood Relief with Vince Gill and Friends,” after she had finished an interview.
Record weekend storms killed 20 people in Tennessee as well as six in Mississippi and four in Kentucky.
The money will go directly to various flood relief organizations in the city rocked by deadly storms and flooding that killed 30 in three states, including 20 in Tennessee. The gift was announced by the show’s host after Swift finished an interview from her tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa. Swift moved to Nashville when she was 14.
“Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly,” Swift told The Associated Press in an e-mail. “Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis.”
The total damage bill for the destruction wreaked by the storms is believed to top $1billion.
Singer Keith Urban was another star affected by the storms, losing all of his musical equipment in the flood.
Cleanup and repair is expected to cost more than $1 billion. Thousands of homes were damaged, along with some of Music City’s most important landmarks. Pleas to donate to relief organizations started early, and Nashville’s musical talent — from local bands and clubs to the biggest stars — are giving their time and money to the effort.
Meanwhile, The Country Music Association has said it will donate half of the profits from this summer’s CMA Music Festival to flood relief.
The festival takes place in Nashville from 10 June to 13 June.