Flash Floods Sweep Away Twins From Father’s Arms


While Hurricane Henri was wreaking havoc across the northeast, there were scenes of devastation in the south unrelated to the hurricane. 22 are dead and dozens still missing in the small town of Waverly, Tennessee, which was blindsided by flash flooding.

As one Tennessee family tried to escape this weekend's deadly flash floods, their twin babies were swept away by the rising tides. Their grandmother Angie Willeby told WKRN that they were swept away while their parents tried to escape from their home along with the twins' two siblings.

"The flood took them away," a relative wrote on a GoFundMe created to raise money for funeral expenses. "The mother grabbed a tree and the father had the 2 twins the 5 year old and 19 month old and sadly the 2 baby's [sic] left his arms!" Following an extensive search, the bodies of the babies were eventually found, per WKRN. The family's two older children were not injured.

Among the dead was a man last seen desperately clutching to a beam before he was swept away. He turned out to be Loretta Lynn’s ranch foreman, Wayne Spears. The country singer posted a heartbroken message about the tragic loss of life.


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