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Flood Hits Tennessee, 16 Dead, Many Missing

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16 people so far are said to have died and many others missing in a single Tennessee county when over 15 inches of rain deluged swept through the central region, trapping other residents in neck-high water, the New York Times has reported on Sunday.

Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper also reported around 40 people in the county were still missing.

USA National Weather Service (NWS) had issued a flash flood emergency on Saturday for Humphreys, Houston, Dickson and Hickman counties. A stretch of Interstate 40 had to be closed on Saturday as more than 15 inches (over 380mm) of rain fell in Humphreys County and parts of Hickman County got nearly 12 inches (305mm).

RT reported the cause of the flood that the Piney River rose to nearly 32 feet (9.75m) in Hickman County, exceeding a previous record of 20 feet (6m), according to the NWS. The measure was seven feet above the major flood stage.

 

History has it that the Nashville area and other parts of central Tennessee had recorded major floods, but a 2010 disaster killed 31 people in three states causing property damage of $2.3 billion. At least four people were killed by flooding in the region in March, then the worst inundation since 2010.

However, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told The Tennessean that Saturday’s flood was the worst he has seen in 28 years with the department. NWS meteorologist Krissy Hurley called the latest disaster “catastrophic.”

The hardest-hit areas were directly west and southwest of Nashville, in towns such as Waverly and McEwen. In the county seat of Dickson, at least 11 water rescues were reported. The Tennessee National Guard, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Nashville Fire Department, among other agencies, sent crews to Humphreys County to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

Some communities in the area got 20-25% of their average yearly rainfall totals on Saturday morning alone, and an additional 2-4 inches of rain was possible, the NWS said

 

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