22 dead, many missing after 17 inches of rain in Tennessee

22 dead, many missing after 17 inches of rain in Tennessee
A truck and a car sit in a creek Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, after they were washed away the day before in McEwen, Tenn. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: At least 22 people have been killed and rescuers searched desperately on Sunday amid tangled debris and shattered homes for dozens of people still missing after record-breaking rain caused floodwaters surging through Middle Tennessee.

Saturday’s flooding in rural areas took out cellphone towers, telephone lines and roads, leaving families uncertain about whether their loved ones survived the disaster. Kristi Brown, a coordinator for health and safety supervisor with Humphreys County Schools, said that emergency workers were searching door to door, said

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said that many of the missing live in the neighborhoods where the water rose the fastest. The Sheriff confirmed 22 deaths in his county. The names of the missing were listed on a city department’s Facebook page and were on a board in the county’s emergency center.

Tennessee Emergency Management Director Patrick Sheehan said: “I would expect, given the number of fatalities, that we’re going to see mostly recovery efforts at this point rather than rescue efforts,”

The dead included twin babies as they were swept from their father’s arms, according to surviving family members.

In less than 24 hours Saturday, up to 17 inches of rain fell in Humphreys County, shattering the Tennessee record for one-day rainfall by more than 3 inches (8 centimeters), the National Weather Service said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited the area, calling it a “devastating picture of loss and heartache.”

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