Ida, now a tropical storm, is expected to move through central Mississippi on Monday night before it accelerates on Monday night before it tracks across northeastern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency warned that “Hurricane Ida’s remnants could reach western and central Tennessee from Monday evening to Tuesday evening.”
Residents should prepare in advance: weigh flood risk in their area, create evacuation plans, and make sure they have a number of means of getting weather information, such as the RDTN app or weather radio.
In Waverley, one of Tennessee’s worst-affected cities, the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency was simultaneously offering grief counseling and barbecue for those affected last week, while providing water and bottled water to those affected by the next flood.
“Residents are encouraged to cover openings in damaged structures and secure their belongings in preparation for the oncoming weather,” the county EMA said in a news release.
If the storm currently heading to the heart of Tennessee has a silver lining, this week’s rainwater may be more forgiving than the last.
“According to the National Weather Service, local flooding will be possible but last week’s flooding is not expected to be severe,” Humphreys County EMA spokesman Gray Collier said in a statement.
“We’re sad that our number is now at 20, but we’re glad our families need to close it now,” said Waverly Police and Fire Chief Grant Gillespie. “We no longer expect them to find any more victims, but we are still prepared if anyone is reported missing.”
“We were getting 3 inches of rain per hour for three hours,” she said. “It’s an unheard of, astronomical, factual type of statistic to look at.”
Now, with no time to dry out, the ground remains wet as storms moving through the core of Ida threaten to bring another 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, Central and Southern Appalachians, and the Mid-Atlantic.
For Central Tennessee, which is facing a warning of possible “significant flash flooding” from the National Weather Service, rain is expected to continue through Wednesday, forecasters say.
That includes Hickman, Houston and Dixon counties, who were also hit by high water last week. Like McVeigh, Centerville received more than 17 inches of rain in a single day, and Dixon recorded about 14 inches outside the city.
She, her husband and their 8-year-old son escaped from the chest-high water running into their McVean home and left them “very sad”.
Hipshire said, “My house was still at the base, so we had to break the kitchen window and get out of it and get on the roof as soon as possible.”
CNN’s Gregory Lemons, Dakin Andon, Ralph Ellis, Holly Silverman and Joe Sutton contributed to the report.