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At Least 15 Dead and Dozens More Missing After Tennessee Floods, According to Officials

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At least 15 people are dead while dozens more remain missing following record-breaking flooding in middle Tennessee, according to authorities.

Ten deaths were originally reported Saturday night, but by Sunday morning, five more had been accounted for, according to NewsChannel 5.

Chief Deputy of the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office Rob Edwards noted that "about 40 others" were missing on Saturday after the flash floods, per The New York Times.

Authorities performed residence checks throughout the weekend in the rural county, which is about 72 miles west of Nashville and boasts a population of around 18,500.

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"We have lost a lot of roads, both rural and major highways," Edwards said in a statement to The Times. "In my 28 years, it's the worst I've ever seen it."


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Currently, all flash flood watches and warnings have expired, National Weather Service Nashville said in a social media statement.

The loss of life occurred after inches of rain hit Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys counties, the National Weather Service said on Saturday morning. By the evening, some areas had gotten over a foot of rain.

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Local news broadcasts showed the devastating aftermath of the flooding, including homes submerged in water and vehicles flipped over on highways. Widespread power outages have also been reported.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tweeted on Saturday, "Tennesseans, please stay cautious of rising floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of Middle TN. We are actively working with emergency response officials & first responders as they support Tennesseans in flooded areas."

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency also said that the state Emergency Operations Center had been activated in Nashville in an effort to support rescues and "support local requests," per a press release.

a person riding on the back of a boat in the water: "Tennesseans, please stay cautious of rising floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of Middle TN," said Gov. Bill Lee © Josie Norris/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA "Tennesseans, please stay cautious of rising floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of Middle TN," said Gov. Bill Lee
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