“We’ve experienced devastating loss of life over the last couple days,” Grant Gillespie, the police and fire marshal of Waverly, Tennessee, said during a press conference Sunday evening.
Twenty of these killed within the flooding Saturday were confirmed dead within the town of Waverly, the county courthouse , a news release from the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency said.
One other was confirmed dead elsewhere within the county.
Local officials revised the amount of missing down from an earlier count of 45.
Gillespie explained the figure was high because the storm had knocked out cell service, making it difficult for people to succeed in their loved ones.
In a separate press conference in Nashville, Gov.
Bill Lee described a “tremendous loss of life” in Waverly, with “homes washed off their foundations, cars strewn round the community.
” “It may be a devastating picture of loss and heartache,” he said.