In Humphreys County, Tennessee, USA, flooding killed 10 people, including two children. informs NBC News. The fate of another 40 local residents is also unknown, writes The Tennessean newspaper citing the county sheriff’s.
The search for the missing was complicated by interruptions in light and mobile communications. Streams of water washed away rural roads and highways. 50 soldiers of the National Guard were recruited to help the victims, transfers CNN.
Sheriff Chris Davis said the flood was the worst he had seen in 28 years of police service.
Meteorologist Chrisie Hurley added that there was a disaster in the cities of Waverley and McEwen. “People are locked in their homes and have no way to get out. They were flooded with water up to their necks, ”she said.
On August 21, the National Weather Service reported heavy rainfall in Humphreys County. There, in 12 hours, about 43 cm of precipitation fell, up to 25% of the annual rate. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency in response to the incident.
Floods also affected Houston, Dixon and Hickman counties.