Tennessee flooding

People walk across a washed-out road in Waverly, Tenn. Credit: CNN

Middle Tennessee remains deep in recovery mode after last week’s deadly and destructive flooding, and it appears the remnants of Hurricane Ida will offer the area little quarter, according to CNN.

Ida, now a tropical storm, was forecast to move through central Mississippi on Monday (Aug. 30) afternoon before picking up speed Monday night as it tracks across northeastern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley.

“Hurricane Ida’s remnants may reach the west and middle portions of Tennessee on Monday evening through Tuesday with heavy rain and flash flooding possible over the same areas as last weekend’s flood emergency,” the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency warned.

Adds the National Weather Service, “Severe weather cannot be ruled out overnight mainly south of I-40.”

In Waverly, one of the hardest-hit Tennessee cities in the recent flooding, the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency was simultaneously offering grief counseling and barbecue for those impacted last week, while offering tarps and bottled water to those bracing for the next deluge.

“Residents are encouraged to cover openings in damaged structures and secure their belongings in preparation for the incoming weather,” the county EMA said in a news release.

If there’s any silver lining to the storm presently headed toward the heart of Tennessee, it’s that this week’s rainwaters may be more forgiving than the last.

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