8 killed, dozens missing in Tennessee flood


Dickson Public Works personnel check the flooding on Old Pond Lane following heavy rainfall, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Dickson, Tenn. Heavy flooding in several Middle Tennessee counties on Saturday prompted water rescues, road closures, and communications disruptions, with several people reported missing. Flash flood warnings were in effect for Dickson, Houston and Montgomery and Stewart counties on Saturday evening. (Josie Norris/The Tennessean via AP)

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — At least eight people have been killed and dozens are missing after heavy flooding destroyed homes in Middle Tennessee, a sheriff said.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told news outlets at least 30 people have been reported missing.

The county is about 60 miles west of Nashville. National Weather Service meteorologist Krissy Hurley tells The Tennessean the area received “about 20-25% of the yearly rainfall total that this area sees in a year” in a single morning.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency activated its emergency operations center. One couple was rescued from their attic by a crew who used a bulldozer to get to them.

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