Middle Tennessee is still making its way through the devastation caused by the recent floods. It even sits in Ida’s crosshair

Middle Tennessee is still making its way through the devastation caused by the recent floods.  It even sits in Ida’s crosshair

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.

Just four days ago, the agency announced that search efforts had been suspended after 20 people were identified as having died from flooding in the area’s waterways and flooding in the county. Were among them The 7-month-old twins were swept away by the floodwaters outside their father’s arms And a 55-year-old woman The flood was broadcast live on her Facebook page.

“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.”

Ten miles east of McVeigh, meteorologists measured more than 17 inches of rain on Aug. 21 – said Chrissy Hurley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Nashville office. Four months of rain in one day. Meteorologists originally predicted inches of rain in the area, although more is always possible.

“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.

A strategic vehicle was activated to assist in the rescue operation of the National Guard jawans equipped with Blackhawk helicopters. The floods swept away homes and washed away vehicles and other belongings. Almost 300 Houses were demolished. Electricity and cell services were disrupted. Schools became useless.
Residents described the rapidly rising water that left them without time to collect themselves or their belongings. Casey Hipshire compared it “A tidal wave that just hit the street and came into my yard.”

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.


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