How to help affected Middle Tennessee residents
Recovery efforts are underway after extreme flash floods ravaged Middle Tennessee on Saturday, devastating swathes of Humphreys County. As of Sunday morning, dozens of people were still missing and at least 21 people were pronounced dead.
The floodwaters have left parts of Waverly, a town of nearly 4,300 people, in ruins, sweeping homes from their foundations. A state of emergency has been declared for the counties of Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys.
Here is how to help you.
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Middle Tennessee Community Foundation
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated its Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to help those affected by flooding in Humphreys, Dickson, Houston and Hickman counties. The fund will be used to provide grants to nonprofits providing immediate and long-term services to flood victims, according to the CFMT website.
Donations can be made online or by mail.
Community Resource Center
The Nashville Community Resource Center has updated its Amazon wishlist and is coordinating with officials to determine a safe response, the organization posted on Twitter. CRC’s website also lists immediate needs for debris removal, first responder supplies, and supplies for homeless flood victims. Monetary donations can be made on the CRC website.
Humphreys County Nursing Home
The Humphreys County Nursing Home, located in Waverly next to Three Rivers Hospital on Highway 13, is accepting items donated for flood victims, according to the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency.
National Guard Armory
According to the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, the National Guard Armory at 1421 US 70 near Waverly Central High School accepts donated items for people displaced by the flooding.
Shelters open to help disaster victims
Several shelters are open to people affected by storms:
- Waverly Church of Christ – 438 West Main St., Waverly
- Dickson County YMCA – 225 Henslee Drive, Dickson
- First Baptist Church – 300 East Main St., Waverly
- Fairfield Christ Church – 1860 TN 100, Centerville
- Waverly Church of Compassion – 1452 Clydeton Road, Waverly
The pastor of the Church of Compassion, Kody Newcomb, asked for volunteers and charities from the community.
“We’re going to distribute the things that people need,” Newcomb said. “The most precious thing you can give is your time.”
Newcomb has asked those interested to text “flood” to 615-375-8333. Items donated in person can be brought to the church gymnasium.
Bottled water and non-perishable foods are accepted at Pinewood Storm Shelter in Hickman County from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Hickman County Emergency Management.
Those in need of water and non-perishable food or Red Cross cleaning buckets can also come to the Pinewood Storm Shelter from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The storm shelter is located in front of the Pinewood store at the intersection of 48N and Pinewood Road.
Crisis line for cleaning
People affected by flooding who need help with cleanup can call 615-338-7404, according to the Nashville Community Resource Center.
The line will be answered from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily and is available to residents of all affected counties.
Contact reporter Cassandra Stephenson at [email protected] or (731) 694-7261. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @ CStephenson731.