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Julia Roberts walks through

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 – In an effort to bring attention to the resurgence of the community since Nashville's devastating flood in May, ABC's Good Morning America returns to Music City for a one-on-one walk-through of country star Julie Roberts' partially-renovated home, which was destroyed by flood waters. The interview, which is part of Good Morning America 's four-part "Road to Recovery" series will air Thursday, Aug. 26.

Roberts, CMA Horizon Award nominee with hits Break Down Here and Men and Mascara, talked with anchor Robin Roberts over loose boards and paint tins. During the flood, Roberts was forced to leave her belongings behind and evacuate from her home alongside her mother, sister, and four dogs.

Today, Roberts' West Nashville home - just off the banks of the Harpeth River-- is on its way to becoming livable, though many in the community are still experiencing difficulty. "Nashville has come a long way, and I'm proud of how we've all rallied behind one another, but there is still a very long way to go," said Roberts. "I have neighbors who have not yet been able to start rebuilding."

Roberts hopes the Good Morning America series will raise greater awareness for those local victims whose lives were marred by the storm and still need help rebuilding. "A lot of people felt that as the flood was happening in the days following that we did not receive much national attention. It means so much that Good Morning America is taking time to focus on Nashville. We, as a community, all pulled together to begin the long journey to recovery, but there are still so many people in need. Hopefully, this will help our friends and neighbors get their lives back together and move past this. Good Morning America is a friend of Nashville and a friend of mine."

The four-part series, "Road to Recovery" will air on ABC's Good Morning America through Friday, Aug. 27, and will also include reporting on Haiti, five months after their devastating earthquake, and from the gulf region, five years after Hurricane Katrina.

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