Flash Report #2 - Flooding

Saturday, August 21, 2021 | 06:00pm


  • The State Emergency Operations Center is activated in Nashville to support local requests and respond as a result of catastrophic flooding in Middle Tennessee.
  • Requests for assistance are being fulfilled for local response operations to support rescues and additional requests.
  • The Tennessee National Guard, TDOT, TN Highway Patrol, TN Department of Education, TN Department of Health, TN Department of Human Needs, TDEC, Fire Mutual Aid, and more are responding to the flooding mission.


Heavy rainfall has caused dangerous flooding in Middle Tennessee. Primary impacted counties include Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys.

The flooding situation in these counties is dangerous and evolving. TEMA is working with local and state partners to fulfill resource requests and support.

Tonight, isolated thunderstorms are possible across West and Middle Tennessee. This storm system has the potential to bring damaging winds and additional rainfall.


  • THP is assisting multiple local law enforcement agencies with traffic control, water rescues, and other response efforts in Dickson, Humphreys, and Hickman counties. 
  • THP is conducting helicopter aquatic rescue team (HART) missions.


  • TN National Guard, THP, and Williamson County are supporting multiple air operations missions across Middle Tennessee.
  • TN Department of Health is coordinating with local nursing homes to ensure staff are able to access the facilities.
  •  Request for Mental Health Strike Team to support first responders.
  • Civil Air Patrol is conducting arial damage assessments of the flood impacted area.


  • Several roads are closed due to flooding.
    • SR-1 6.1 LM in Humphreys County
    • US70 closed in Waverly, TN
  • CSX Railroad traffic has been shutdown between Dickson, TN and Waverly, TN.


  • As of 1700, there are approximately 4,200 customers without power.
    • 350 customers in Dickson County
    • 200 customers in Hickman County
    • 3,500 customers in Humphreys County
  • Humphreys County is reporting communications disruptions. Several resources are being deployed to the area.
  • The City of Waverly is reporting disruptions with their water treatment facilities.
    • A Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) was sent by TEMA on behalf of Humphreys County as a result of the boil water advisory for the City of Waverly.


  • Several shelters are currently open to assist survivors:
  • Wavery Church of Christ
    • 438 West Main St., Waverly, TN 
  • YMCA of Dickson County
    •  225 Henslee Dr, Dickson TN 37055
  • First Baptist Church
    • 300 E. Main St. Waverly TN 37185
  • Fairfield Church of Christ
    • 1860 TN-100, Centerville, TN 37033
  • American Red Cross is reaching out to county EMAs to assess needs and provide support.
  • TN Department of Education is active and providing support to area school districts.
  • TN VOAD is holding a situational awareness call for its volunteers.
  • The Human Services facility in Humphreys County has been impacted by flood water. General Services will inspect the facility prior to future use.


  • Refrain from driving to keep available streets and roads clear for emergency personnel.
  • Continue to monitor radio and television broadcasts for further weather information and instructions.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roads or walkways. Turn around, don’t drown


  • Memphis:  Tonight, scattered thunderstorms with a low of 74 degrees.
  • Nashville:  Tonight, mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Low of 73 degrees.
  • Knoxville:  Thunderstorms possible tonight with a low around 70 degrees.