WAVERLY, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Waverly Department of Public Safety has been updating the list of those who are still unaccounted for after Saturday’s flooding in Humphreys County. So far, 18 deaths have been confirmed.
In a call to Nick Beres on MorningLine, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis confirmed they're still doing welfare checks on people who live outside of the town area. Davis said, while they're hopeful, there is a possibility that the death toll will go up over the next few days.
Watch the full conversation with Sheriff Davis below:
For families, a reunification center has been set up at McEwen High School. Anyone with missing person information or looking for a loved one is asked to meet at the school. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
TEMA set up a phone line to reach the reunification center at 931-582-6950.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with Charline Bradley at the reunification center. She was there to report her sister-in-law missing after neighbors said they heard her yelling for help on Saturday.
Bradley's family also had to evacuate and lost everything.
“Our friends and our family and our people that we... is all that matters. There is nothing material that matters. Our town of Waverly has been devastated, and those are the things that I can't imagine. So in my devastation, I know that it's going to get better over time,” said Charline Bradley.
At least 18 people - many of the children - were killed when the rising waters tore through Humphreys, Hickman, Houston and Dickson Counties early Saturday morning. The City of Waverly was the hardest hit.
According to the police and fire chief, the City of Waverly has lost more in this event than the train explosion in 1978.
The National Weather Service says up to 17 inches of rain fell in Humphreys County in less than 24 hours Saturday, triple the forecast and shattering the Tennessee record for one-day rainfall.
An 8 p.m. curfew will be in effect in the coming days in Waverly. Local law enforcement officials said there have been problems with looting, and they want to make sure people feel as safe as possible. Officers from across the area will help enforce the curfew.
Look at these homes on East Brookside in Waverly. Flood waters completely destroyed these homes.— Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) August 23, 2021
They back up to Trace Creek. Several children were swept away & some are still missing. pic.twitter.com/3dYp6AkGS3
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED HELP
If you've been affected by the flooding, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) says a resource page is available here. A help line is also available at 615-338-7404 for flood survivors to request volunteer clean-up assistance.
If your home was severely damaged or destroyed, you can reach out to the American Red Cross for assistance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, you can call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) to speak with a trained mental health professional, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. You can also text TN to 741741.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help our neighbors in need. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund
- The best way to help is to donate money, but to donate items for the victims you can reach out to the Nashville Community Resource Center, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
- The Humphreys County Sheriff's Office said anyone who would like to donate items to those displaced from their homes can go to the National Guard Armory in Waverly. It is located at 1421 US-70.
More information: How to help victims of Saturday's devastating floods
Gifts made to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund will help families impacted by the severe storms and flooding. Grants will be made to nonprofits providing vital services both immediate and long-term. CFMT’s work helps free nonprofits up to concentrate on delivering services while the organization “connects generosity with need” and our community sets out to rebuild lives.
*Editor's Note: The original death count was reported as 22, but officials in Humphreys County said there was an error in how the way the number of deaths/missing was being tracked. They corrected the number to 18 deaths.