Monday, September 20, 2021
No menu items!

Rescue teams seek dozens missing in Tennessee flooding

Rescue teams with trained search dogs combed through destroyed homes and piles of debris on Monday (August 23) for dozens of people believed missing in Tennessee after record downpours and flash flooding left at least 21 dead over the weekend.

Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency said rescuers were going house to house and digging through rubble for about 40 people unaccounted for in the area, directly west of Nashville.

Video from the area showed homes caved in and cars wrecked by the floodwaters.

Authorities said five or six teams of rescuers were searching through the destruction, some using dogs trained to find people.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, said late Sunday (August 22) he would request emergency assistance from the federal government in the next few days after an initial assessment.

President Joe Biden said federal emergency officials will coordinate with the state to offer assistance.

Record rainfall of up to 17 inches (43 cm) drenched some areas, sparking massive flooding on Saturday (August 21) afternoon and evening. Especially hard hit was the Humphreys County town of Waverly, about 55 miles (88 km) west of Nashville. Hundreds of homes were left uninhabitable.

Waverly Mayor Wallace Frazier told the Tennessean newspaper that those killed in the flooding ranged in age from babies to the elderly. The Washington Post, citing family members, reported that 7-month-old twins died after they were swept away from their parents’ arms.

(Production: Ashraf Fahim)

Latest News

U.S. to relax restrictions for vaccinated international travelers in November

U.K. Foreign Minister Elizabeth Truss on Monday (September 20) welcomed Washington's decision to loosen pandemic related restrictions...

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s visit to Houston’s Zoo causes commotion

HOUSTON- Billionaire Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott took their 3-year-old daughter to enjoy Houston's zoo. The family fun...

Hasan Minhaj Returns to Houston: The King’s Jester Comedy Tour!

Hasan Minhaj is back with a brand new comedy tour in his one-man show called, “The King’s Jester.” The...

Pedestrian killed in crash on Airline Drive

HOUSTON - A pedestrian was killed after he was struck by a van on Northbound 45 at Airline Drive Friday. 

Police receive conflicting details after three injured in shooting

HOUSTON – Police are still trying to piece together the details after three people were shot and injured in Houston’s Southside on...

More Articles Like This