Hurricane Ida: Tennessee Residents Trying to Clear Debris as Storm Approaches

by Jon D. B.

With 22 dead and hundreds of Middle Tennessee residents losing their homes to the August flooding, Hurricane Ida is now incoming.

Tennesseans are resilient. Like many of our friends and families down in Louisiana, much of Middle Tennessee is recovering from the damage of last week’s horrific flooding. Over the course of August 21, flash floods would kill 22 people, leave 50 missing, and destroy countless homes and businesses.

As Louisiana and Mississippi now face the same under Hurricane Ida, Tennesseans must batten down the hatches for the fallout.

According to the Associated Press and local meteorologists, now-Tropical Storm Ida is to drench Tennessee in further rainfall. As seen below, the area is still deep within the throws of flood recovery. Locals are feeling intense dread over the prospect of a second round.

WAVERLY, TN – AUGUST 23: Structures and vehicles are piled up against a bridge over Trace Creek on August 23, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. Heavy rains on Sunday caused flash flooding in the area, leaving at least 22 people dead and more than two dozen missing. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Thankfully, however, Tennessee is and always will remain the Volunteer State. As such, hundreds of volunteers and emergency workers are currently working with citizens to clear flood debris. The scramble to get communities ready for more torrential rainfall and storm surge rages on.

Per the National Weather Service, Tennessee is issuing a flash flood watch for Monday onward. Anticipation for Hurricane Ida’s rainfall is paramount. Meteorologists predict as much as half a foot of rain commencing Monday, and lasting through Wednesday.

Newsweek cites The Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency acknowledges that there could be flooding in many of the impacted areas. This includes Waverly, where citizens are frantically cleaning following the first natural disaster (below).

The Volunteer State Preps for Hurricane Ida’s Fallout

WAVERLY, USA: A view of the damage after heavy rain and devastating floods in Waverly, Tennessee, United States on August 22, 2021. At least 22 people were killed while search and rescue efforts continued Sunday for 45 missing after flash floods swept through the US state of Tennessee, according to local authorities. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

If there is any good news, the National Weather Service says they are not expecting this week’s flooding via Hurricane Ida “to be the magnitude of last week’s flooding.”

So far, more than 800 loads of flood debris from Humphreys County are in a local landfill. The rural county, home to more than 18,000 people, continues to push on.

Humphreys Co. is also home to Hurricane Mills, where country music icon Loretta Lynn’s ranch and homestead lie. The popular tourist attraction, like surrounding communities, would also see devastating flood waters. Tragically, Lynn’s ranch lost their beloved Foreman Wayne Spears – a fixture of several decades – to the flooding.

Below, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn is holding a poster with flood victims’ photos. She gathers for the community’s Courthouse Square memorial service on August 27.

WAVERLY, TN – AUGUST 27: Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn (2nd-R) holds a photo of flooding victims during a community memorial service on the Courthouse Square on August 27, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. The Memorial was held to remember the victims of flooding August 21st. (Photo by Larry McCormack/Getty Images)

Stay strong, Tennessee. We got this.

For more information on how you can help Tennessee flood victims ahead of Hurricane Ida’s fallout, click here.