U.S.|At Least 8 Dead and 40 Missing successful Tennessee Flooding, Officials Say
The deaths were reported by a sheriff’s authoritative successful Humphreys County, who said that the authorities were searching location to location aft flooding knocked retired cellphone work and swamped roads.
Aug. 21, 2021, 9:07 p.m. ET
At slightest 8 radical were killed and astir 40 others were missing connected Saturday aft catastrophic flash floods swept done Central Tennessee, the authorities said.
Rob Edwards, the main lawman of the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the numbers of missing and dormant and said the authorities were doing house-to-house checks successful the hardest-hit areas successful Humphreys, a agrarian region of astir 18,500 astir 72 miles westbound of Nashville.
There were “power outages each implicit the area,” Deputy Edwards said successful an email, adding, “Complicating issues is the nonaccomplishment of each cellphone sum from the large carriers.”
Portable connection units were being brought successful to assistance reconstruct service, helium said.
“We person mislaid a batch of roads, some agrarian and large highways,” helium said. “In my 28 years, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it.”
The devastation came aft an estimated 8 to 10 inches of rainfall inundated Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys Counties, the National Weather Service said connected Saturday morning.
The work said that immoderate areas had reported much than 11 inches of rain, with adjacent higher amounts successful immoderate areas “very likely.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said that the authorities Emergency Operations Center had been activated successful Nashville to enactment h2o rescues and different urgent requests for assistance from section officials.
“Our archetypal precedence is to assistance with getting responders entree to the country and behaviour rescue operations,” Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, the adjutant wide of the Tennessee National Guard, wrote connected Twitter. “We’ll proceed to summation the fig of forces arsenic the concern dictates and we’ll beryllium positioning further specialty units to respond arsenic needed.”
At slightest 4,200 radical crossed the authorities had mislaid power, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. It said that flooding successful the affected counties was “dangerous and evolving,” and it urged residents to enactment disconnected the roads, complaint physics devices and show the news.
“Do not effort to transverse flooded roads oregon walkways,” the bureau said. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Waverly Elementary School successful Waverly, Tenn., the Humphreys County seat, reported connected Facebook that it had been “completely flooded” with h2o “4 feet heavy successful the full school.”
Two women had been stranded successful the schoolhouse gymnasium with immoderate of their household members, the schoolhouse said, earlier reporting that they were “no longer astatine the schoolhouse and connected adust ground.”
“Please proceed to commune for our community!” the schoolhouse said.