Anonymous donor pays for funerals of 20 Waverly flooding victims

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Waverly flooding debris

Vehicles come to rest in a stream Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Waverly, Tenn. Heavy rains caused flooding Saturday in Middle Tennessee and have resulted in multiple deaths as homes and rural roads were washed away. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — Twenty people who died in a Tennessee flood have had their funerals paid for by an anonymous donor, a funeral home manager said.

A man who wished to remain unnamed reportedly walked into the Humphreys County Funeral Home on Thursday and paid for the nine funerals being organized there, according to manager William Brown. He claims the man then went to other funeral homes in the area to pay for the funerals of the other 11 victims.

The donations came as hundreds of thousands of dollars flowed into the community from donors across the state and nation to help families affected by the devastating flood on Saturday.

  • Ryan and Rileigh
  • Lilly Bryant
  • Linda Almond

The flooding took out houses, roads, cellphone towers and telephone lines, with rainfall that more than tripled forecasts and shattered the state record for one-day rainfall.

PHOTOS: Historic rainfall leads to catastrophic flooding in Humphreys County, TN

More than 270 homes were destroyed and 160 took major damage, according to the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency.

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