Waverly changed forever as recovery begins

Twenty people died in the flooding in Middle Tennessee this weekend, Humphreys County officials confirmed Wednesday. They finalized the death toll in a Wednesday press conference and said searches have been suspended.

“We’re sad our count is at 20, but glad families have closure,” Waverly Department of Public Safety Chief Grant Gillespie said.

The efforts will now shift to cleanup.

Officials have not released names of the deceased or a timeline for doing so.

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Officials plan to investigate each death

Each death will get its own investigation in an effort to identify exactly how and when each person died in the flood, Gillespie said. 

“We’re going to treat each one with the individual respect they deserve,” Gillespie said.