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These Photos Show The Extensive Damage Caused By The Deadly Tennessee Floods

At least 22 people were killed after flash floods in Tennessee this weekend. Others are still missing.

Posted on August 23, 2021, at 4:18 p.m. ET

People stand and point amid rubble of collapsed buildings
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People watch cleanup efforts after buildings were destroyed by flooding in Waverly, Tennessee, on Aug. 23, 2021.

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Cars are stacked on top of each other on the banks of the Blue Creek after being swept up in floodwater in Waverly, Aug. 23.

A man looks into a house where the picture window is broken with an askew sofa leaning through it
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A Waverly home's broken window after heavy rain and devastating floods

A man walks out of a house covered in mud with a spray-painted X on the door
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Wallace Mathews Jr. carries a box of belongings out of his daughter's Waverly home that was flooded on Aug. 23. He said his daughter and her baby survived by standing on the kitchen counter until someone came in a boat to save them.

A woman places photos on their front lawn to dry
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A woman tries to dry out photos after the floods in Waverly.

An aerial view of Waverly shows blocks of destroyed buildings and flooding
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Flood-damaged areas in Waverly, as seen from a Black Hawk helicopter flown by the Tennessee National Guard, Aug. 22.

People walk through a dirt road where pavement and debris from collapsed homes litter the ground
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People walk across a washed-out road in Waverly.

A man stands in waist-deep water on a flooded road, pushing a rod-like instrument below the surface
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A public works employee from the town of Dickson, Tennessee, checks the flooding on Old Pond Lane following heavy rainfall, Aug. 21.

A man stands in a destroyed store by a wall with a flood mark at eye level
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John Curtis, co-owner of Waverly Cash Saver, stands by a wall marked with how high the floodwater reached.

Aisles of candy and snacks are bare and toppled over in a flooded convenience store
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The inside of Cooley Market, Aug. 22

A man standing in a muddy field looks off-camera at the wreckage of a building
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Paul Rice, the owner of Superior Farm Center, watches as his business is demolished by volunteers following severe flooding in Waverly, Aug. 23.

Two men stand inside a brick house with two perpendicular walls missing, bricks and concrete blocks scattered on the ground
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Brian Mitchell (right) and a family friend look through his mother-in-law's damaged home in Waverly, Aug. 22.

A woman stands by the doorway of a child's nursery with a muddy floor
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Vanessa Yates checks the flood damage inside of her home in Waverly, Aug. 22.

A shed with a destroyed wall leans beside a bridge into a creek
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Structures and vehicles are piled up against a bridge over Trace Creek in Waverly, Aug. 23.

People in military uniforms stand near a site where cars are piled on top of each other, spray-painted with an X
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Service members survey flood damage in Waverly, Aug. 23.

People's belongings, including furniture, clothes, and pillows, sit near a sidewalk
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People's belongings sit outside after heavy rain and floods in Waverly.

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People sit on a bridge where a road washed out in Waverly, Aug. 22.


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