At least 22 fatalities have now been reported in the catastrophic flooding that hit areas of Middle Tennessee on 21 August 2021.
Flooding struck in Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys counties after torrential rainfall on 21 August, 2021. A record 17.02 inches (432.31 mm) of rain fell in McEwen in Humphreys County in 24 hours. Areas of Humphreys County suffered significantly.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited flood-ravaged areas on 22 August 2021. He said this was as a tragic and difficult situation, particularly for the community of Waverly.
“Devastating flooding, tremendous loss of life, a number of missing people, homes washed off their foundations, cars strewn around…it is a devastating picture of loss and heartache,” Governor Bill Lee said.
Waverly Department of Public Safety, Police and Fire issued the names of 25 Waverly residents still missing. Emergency teams are still carrying out damage assessments and search and rescue teams working through the flood debris.
“The situation is still unfolding and there is much yet to know,” the governor said.
Our hearts are with the many Tennesseans experiencing loss & heartbreak following yesterday’s deadly floods. The loss of life & property damage is devastating, & many of our neighbors are still missing. Please keep these communities in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/4gCJXXsIZK
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) August 22, 2021