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Swift donates $500K for Nashville flood

May 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Country singer Taylor Swift is donating $500,000 to flood relief efforts in Tennessee.The announcement was made on Thursday night's "Flood Relief with Vince Gill and Friends," a telethon held on local station WSMV.

Swift moved to Nashville when she was 14.

She says she couldn't believe what was happening to the city, as deadly storms and floods swept through the southeast last week.

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.

Thirty people were killed, including 20 in Tennessee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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