A mobile home and a truck trailer sit near a creek after they were washed away by flood waters the day before in McEwen, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
UPDATED 1:02 PM PT – Sunday, August 22, 2021
More than a dozen people have died and dozens more missing after severe flooding hit middle Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on Sunday, 17 inches of rain fell within a six-hour period on Saturday morning.
Flood water devastated Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys and Houston counties. More than 10,000 residents have been left without power and many without clean water.
The Waverly Mayor Buddy Frazier said residents were caught totally off guard by how quickly the event progressed.
“It was something like the quickness of a tornado I guess. Some of them described it as a tidal wave,” he explained. “When this creek crested, of course, we received 18 inches of rainfall just east of Waverly. So all that flood water impacted us and a very violent surge and without warning.”
The Emergency Management Agency activated its Emergency Operations Center and brought in the Tennessee National Guard to assist in search and rescue operations.