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Several still missing after Tennessee flooding kills 22




  • In Politics
  • 2021-08-24 22:41:00Z
  • By CBS News

Waverly, Tennessee - The search continues Tuesday for several people who still haven't been accounted for after devastating floods swept through central Tennessee, killing at least 22. At least 10 people are still missing.

President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state on Tuesday.

"The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Humphreys County," the declaration said. "Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster."

The storm brought with it deadly floodwaters. Linda Almond appeared horrified as the water started to rise outside her home.

"This is really scary," she said during a Facebook livestream with her son.

Soon after, her house was swept away by the fast moving flood.

"Whoa, whoa, this is really scary ... Oh my goodness," she said.

Her son survived, but Almond did not.

Cars are stacked on top of each other on the banks of Blue Creek being swept up in flood water on Monday, August 23, 2021, in Waverly, Tennessee.
Cars are stacked on top of each other on the banks of Blue Creek being swept up in flood water on Monday, August 23, 2021, in Waverly, Tennessee.  

The unimaginable grief for some families in the area is just beginning.

Danielle Hall is mourning the loss of her 7-month-old twins Ryan and Rileigh, who were ripped out of their father's arms as he tried to hang onto them and his two other children.

"I was just worried about my babies and the whole time I hung onto a tree for six and a half hours screaming that I had babies at the house that needed rescue," she said. "They were our life, they were so inseparable. They were so happy. They made our life complete."

GoFundMe pages have been made to ask for help covering funeral expenses for the dead, including one for the twins.

"The mother grabbed a tree and the father had the two twins, the 5-year-old and 19-month-old and sadly the two baby's left his arms," writes Charity Hooks on the GoFundMe page created for the family. "This money could help them with a lot," she said, adding that the twins' parents also lost their house in the flood.

A GoFundMe has been made for the family of the twins, who were identified as Ryan and Rileigh by their grandmother.
A GoFundMe has been made for the family of the twins, who were identified as Ryan and Rileigh by their grandmother.  

Some people told CBS News that they couldn't get through to 911 during the storm - or were simply added to a list of those waiting to be rescued at the time.

By the time one resident was rescued, her house had floated across the street as she clung to a mattress inside.

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