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Severe flash floods in Tennessee on Saturday left at least 10 people dead and dozens missing, The Tennessean reported.
About 40 people were missing as of Saturday night after torrential rains tore through Humphreys County, around 60 miles west of Nashville, destroying homes and washing away rural roads.
Two of the recovered bodies were toddlers who had been swept away from their father, WSMV reported.
This is what our TN-HART team flying missions in Waverly are seeing. pic.twitter.com/kbOnMYH5kw
— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) August 21, 2021
The National Weather Service said the 17 inches of rain recorded in the city of McEwen likely broke the all-time 24-hour rainfall record for the state.
The catastrophic flooding also caused road closures, power outages, loss of cell phone service, and a boil water advisory put in place for the community, CNN reported. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said about 10,000 people in the area were without power.
Wow! Our News 2 photographer Hector Gardea captured these images showing mass destruction from flooding near McEwen and Erin, Tennessee. Please be careful if you have to travel this afternoon/evening! pic.twitter.com/zYLGNGBxXC
— Ethan Illers (@EthanIllers_TV) August 21, 2021
The Tennessee National Guard said on Twitter it sent nearly 50 soldiers to help with the rescue operations. “Our first priority is to assist with getting responders access to the area and conduct rescue operations,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes.
A flood reunification center was also set up for people to report those who are missing and receive updates about the rescue efforts, Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency said.