Death toll climbs past 20 as decimated towns begin recovery

Extreme floods in Middle Tennessee on Saturday have killed at least 21 people, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Search and recovery efforts remain underway in Waverly and Humphreys County, where at least 45 people are confirmed missing, Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency said in a 3:30 p.m., news release.

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Waverly Mayor Wallace “Buddy” Frazier said the ages of the dead start at 7 months and stretch to the elderly.

The county will be under an 8 p.m. curfew Sunday night, and law enforcement from surrounding counties will assist in an effort to prevent looting, according to the release. 

East Main Street has been shut down due to an influx of traffic.

“We are asking that residents please stay out of neighborhoods and roadways while the rescue effort is underway,” Waverly Chief of Public Safety Grant Gillespie stated.

Humphreys County EMA Public Information Officer Grey Collier estimates hundreds of homes may be uninhabitable. 

Roughly 60 people have taken shelter at three locations in Waverly: Waverly Church of Christ, First Baptist Church Waverly and Compassion Church Waverly, according to Collier.

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