At least 8 dead in floods in Tennessee

Catastrophic flooding in central Tennessee left at least eight people dead and dozens missing on Saturday as record rainfall swept homes and rural roads, authorities said.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told media more than 30 people were missing.

The town of McEwen in Humphreys County, located about 50 miles west of Nashville, was hit by 17 inches of rain in less than a day, causing water rescues, road closures and disruptions Communication. That precipitation total broke the region’s 24-hour record of 9.45 inches as of 2010, according to the National Weather Service Nashville.

McEwen and the nearby town of Waverly were facing a “dire and catastrophic situation,” National Weather Service meteorologist Krissy Hurley told Tennessean. “People are trapped in their homes and have no way out.”

The Waverly couple, Cindy Dunn, 48, and her husband Jimmy, 49, were rescued from their attic by a crew who used a bulldozer to reach them.

“Hell. This is what we had to go through,” Cindy Dunn said.

She told the Tennessean that her husband woke her up on Saturday, telling her the floodwaters pushed her car into their backyard. Eventually, the water in their house reached at least 1.8 meters high, forcing them to go to the attic. Dunn said the roof was not an option.

“My husband has cancer. He’s undergoing chemotherapy. And I’m an amputee. So there was no other way to go but the attic,” Dunn said.

Dunn said their home and neighboring homes “were gone”.

Hickman County Deputy Chief Rob Edwards said in a text message to the newspaper that several people are missing and cell phone service has been cut across the county.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee tweeted on Saturday: “Tennessees, please remain cautious of rising flood waters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of Middle TN. We are actively working with emergency response officials and first responders as they support the Tennessees in the flooded areas.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency activated its emergency operations center and said agencies such as the Tennessee National Guard, state highway patrol and mutual fire assistance were responding to floods. In a bulletin, TEMA called the situation “dangerous and evolving” and urged people to avoid travel to the affected counties.

Flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Dickson, Houston and Montgomery and Stewart counties on Saturday evening.

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