At least 22 people are dead and 50 people are missing after historic, catastrophic rainfall this weekend, Waverly authorities confirm.
Those deaths are all from Humphreys County and 20 of which occurred in Waverly, authorities said. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the state health department has confirmed at least 16 weather-related fatalities, but that number could rise.
Two of those killed in the flooding were 7-month-old twins who were swept away from their father’s arms as rain poured down. County legend Loretta Lynn said her beloved friend and the foreman at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills also lost his life after being swept away in flood waters.
More than 17 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in McEwen, shattering Middle Tennessee’s previous record 24-hour rainfall.
The American Red Cross has set up a Middle Tennessee Flooding online resource at www.safeandwell.org where flood survivors can register and let family and friends know they are safe.