Deadly flood in Waverly: Clarksville and Montgomery County crews rush in to assist | ClarksvilleNow.com – Clarksville Now
CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – First responders from Clarksville and Montgomery County mobilized over the weekend to assist victims of flooding in Humphreys County, where they continue to assist in relief efforts.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, Waverly and McEwen, about 45 miles southwest of Clarksville, were hit with severe flash flooding, leading to extensive property damage and loss of life. Many residents were stranded in their homes, partially flooded. Others are still missing.
According to Pamela Holz, executive director of the Tennessee River Chapter of the Red Cross, there were 16 confirmed deaths as of Monday, and many more people remain missing.
First responders lend a hand
Local first responders traveled to Waverly and McEwen on Saturday, and continue to assist.
“The images and stories of devastation coming from our neighboring communities have been absolutely heartbreaking,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “Clarksville Fire Rescue leaped into action over the weekend to assist with searching for those that went missing. The Clarksville Street Department deployed workers and equipment Monday morning to provide additional assistance in such a dire time of need. We are continuing to monitor the situation to help wherever possible and keeping the families of those lost in our thoughts and prayers.”
Clarksville Fire Rescue sent Rescue Team 1, as well as their airboat team, to assist with search and rescue. They were joined by a dozen volunteers from Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, according to Director Ed Baggett.
“We were able to see firsthand the first responder network and we were pleased to assist in any way we could,” Clarksville Fire Chief Freddy Montgomery told Clarksville Now. “We remain ready to assist and have been added to a resource list for the incident commander to use as needed.”
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sent 30 deputies and K9 units to assist in search and rescue, recovery efforts and logistics. MCSO also provided Humphreys County with equipment and communications support.
Montgomery County Highway Department and Clarksville Street Department are in Humphreys County with dump trucks, Bobcats, backhoes and other equipment helping to repair roads and clear debris.
Street Department Assistant Director Scott Bibb told Clarksville Now crews could be working in Humphreys County throughout the week, depending on a variety of factors.
Search and rescue is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, several organizations around Clarksville have begun accepting donations to assist flood victims.
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