(ReliableNews.org) – Recovery efforts continue in Tennessee after parts of the state experienced up to 17-inches of rain on Saturday, August 21. The floodwaters abated on Sunday, as rescue teams using trained search and rescue dogs continued combing through the wreckage on Monday and Tuesday. Sadly, the cost in human terms remains unknown at this time.
Media outlets reported at the close of business on Monday that at least 22 individuals perished in the floods and dozens remain missing. On Monday evening, the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office indicated it had made significant progress clearing out debris, opening roadways, and searching for missing people. It also thanked agencies from around the state and local companies for their help with relief and cleanup efforts.
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 24, 2021
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) posted a handy infographic explaining the guidelines for debris removal. It also set up a resource page providing information regarding reputable charity organizations for donations, contact information for the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Phone Line, and other valuable information as Tennessee residents continue to recover from the disaster.
As the debris removal process begins, follow these guidelines:
✅ Wear protective boots and gloves
✅ Separate debris into categories
✅ Do not block roads with debris piles pic.twitter.com/ZbHlvThiz8
— T_E_M_A (@T_E_M_A) August 23, 2021
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) formally asked the federal government to expedite a major emergency declaration for the flooding on August 22. Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 4 officials reported they were working in close coordination with its TEMA partners.
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