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‘This is really scary, oh my goodness!’ Chilling last words of Tennessee mom who drowned in flood


A Tennessee woman who was livestreaming rising flash-floodwaters drowned shortly after recording the video.

Linda Almond, of Waverly, Tenn., was on the roof of her home with her son, Tommy, when it collapsed and the pair were swept away by rushing water.

Tommy was rescued by authorities, but Almond did not survive, her family confirmed on Facebook.

Almond’s one-minute Facebook live, which has now had more than 20,000 views, includes her final words: ‘This is really scary. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.’

As of Tuesday morning, at least 22 people were killed and 50 others missing as a result of catastrophic floods that came after 17 inches of rain fell over parts of Tennessee in a 24-hour period.

Among those killed were two seven-month-old twins and the ranch foreman for country singer Loretta Lynn.

Linda Almond (pictured) drowned in Tennessee’s catastrophic flooding on Saturday shortly after she live streamed the developing situation on Facebook

Her video showed mudded waters, carrying debris, roar through her Waverly, Tenn. community on Saturday morning

Her video showed mudded waters, carrying debris, roar through her Waverly, Tenn. community on Saturday morning

The mother went live on Facebook just before 10.15am on Saturday, showing her friends the developing floods in her community.

‘Well, if anybody’s seeing me on Facebook Live, we’re being flooded right now in Waverly, Tennessee. Really scary,’ she said at the start of the video.

The footage shows mudded waters carrying debris roar past her home. 

‘Whoa. Whoa,’ Almond said, voice shaking.

A man, likely Tommy, responded: ‘I think something just hit the side of the house.’

Almond spoke her final words, reiterating how terrifying the situation was, and stopped the stream thereafter. 

The family told WKRN that Almond and Tommy managed to get to the roof of the house as the flood waters rose.

Unfortunately, the roof collapsed, sweeping the pair into the water. 

Almond (pictured) and her son, Tommy, took to the roof for safety when it collapsed, sweeping them into the rushing waters

Tommy was rescued, but Almond (pictured) did not survive, her family confirmed on Sunday. Officials determined she died in the water

Tommy was rescued, but Almond (pictured) did not survive, her family confirmed on Sunday. Officials determined she died in the water

Almond was caught in floods in Waverly, Tenn., located about 60 miles west of Nashville in Humphreys County. The town, which was under a flash flood emergency Saturday, saw approximately 21 inches of rain in a single day. Radar indicates that nine inches fell in just three hours

Almond was caught in floods in Waverly, Tenn., located about 60 miles west of Nashville in Humphreys County. The town, which was under a flash flood emergency Saturday, saw approximately 21 inches of rain in a single day. Radar indicates that nine inches fell in just three hours

Tommy was rescued, but Almond remained missing for several hours.

The family confirmed on Facebook around 2pm Sunday that Almond’s body had been found and officials determined she had died in the water.  

The flash floods came after 17 inches of rain fell over parts of Tennessee in a 24-hour period Saturday, which smashed the state’s previous single-day record of 9.45 inches in 2010, according to the National Weather Service Nashville.  

Waverly, where Almond lived, is located about 60 miles west of Nashville in Humphreys County. The community, which was under a flash flood emergency Saturday, saw approximately 21 inches of rain in a single day, the Washington Post reported. Radar indicates that nine inches fell in just three hours.

As of Tuesday morning, at least 22 people were killed and 50 others remain missing as a result of the flooding. 

Two-year-old Kellen Cole Burrow is one of dozens still missing.

The boy’s family was caught out by the deluge and his mother, Brittney LeAnn McCord, grabbed onto the clothes line and grasped hold of her five children. She held on for as long as she could outside their family’s apartment as the waters rose before the powerful surge pulled Kellen from her arms, the Tennessean reported.

His stepfather, Kalaub McCord, was away that night, seeking treatment for a painful sinus infection at a nearby emergency room before the roads became clogged with floodwaters.    

Two-year-old Kellen Cole Burrows was swept from his mother's arms during Saturday's catastrophic flooding in Tennessee that has killed at least 21. He remains among 10 people still missing as of Monday

Kellen Burrow Vaughn (pictured) remains missing after he was swept away from a Waverly apartment complex by the floodwaters

Two-year-old Kellen Cole Burrows was swept from his mother’s arms during Saturday’s catastrophic flooding in Tennessee that has killed at least 21. He remains among 10 people still missing as of Monday 

Kalaub McCord's stepfather recalled the last time he saw the toddler, before he headed to a nearby emergency room for treatment for a painful sinus infection

Kalaub McCord’s stepfather recalled the last time he saw the toddler, before he headed to a nearby emergency room for treatment for a painful sinus infection 

He recalled the last time he saw him. 

‘I seen him that night when we put him to bed, but she had him in her arms whenever he got swept away,’ he told Fox 17

It took McCord five hours to return to his family home, and he recounted helping others along the way, including two elderly women who couldn’t swim, but he was unable to return to his wife and children in time. 

‘I couldn’t get back to him, but she managed to save our other four children. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have any children right now,’  McCord said. 

Also missing is 15-year-old Lilly Bryant, who had just started her freshman year of high school.  

‘Loved everybody, loved to make people laugh,’ family friend Chelsea Simons told Fox 17. ‘There’s not another one like her.’

‘If we don’t find her tonight, we’ll be right back here in the morning as soon as daylight breaks to continue,’ she told the station Sunday. ‘We’re not gonna stop until we find their baby.’

Humphreys County Sherriff Chris Davis said Monday afternoon that emergency workers there would be overwhelmed for at least 30 days in the aftermath of the flooding

Humphreys County Sherriff Chris Davis said Monday afternoon that emergency workers there would be overwhelmed for at least 30 days in the aftermath of the flooding 

The Nashville Fire Department posts aerial photos of massive flooding in Tennessee after heavy rainfall that led to severe flooding

As of Tuesday morning, at least 22 people were killed and 50 others missing as a result of the flooding

As of Tuesday morning, at least 22 people were killed and 50 others missing as a result of the flooding 

Patrick Sheehan, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said he expects the official death toll to rise in the coming days

Patrick Sheehan, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said he expects the official death toll to rise in the coming days

The Humphreys County town of McEwen was hit with the worst of the flooding, which washed away homes and rural roads.

‘Our people need help,’ Humphreys County Sheriff Davis said at a Monday afternoon news conference, the New York Times reported. ‘We are going to be overwhelmed for the next 30 days at least — overwhelmed.’ 

He said damage from the flooding stretched up to 10 miles. 

Patrick Sheehan, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, told the New York Times he expects the official death toll to rise in the coming days.

‘I would expect, given the number of fatalities we have seen so far, that we are going to see mostly recovery efforts at this point, rather than rescue efforts,’ Sheehan said. 

Among the dead were seven-month-old twins Ryan and Rieligh Rigney, who were pulled away from their father in a deluge when floodwaters swept through their apartment complex.

The twins were at home with their mother, father and their five-year-old and 19-month-old siblings, when water smashed through their home on Saturday morning.  

Swept away in the waters were seven-months-old twins Ryan and Rileigh Rigney (pictured) whose bodies were recovered by authorities after they were pulled from their father

Swept away in the waters were seven-months-old twins Ryan and Rileigh Rigney (pictured) whose bodies were recovered by authorities after they were pulled from their father

The mother of the four children was swept away in the torrent but managed to make it to safety, while their father grabbed the twins and their two siblings.    

But despite his best efforts, the twins were torn from his arms, and they went under the water and disappeared, their grandmother said. 

Their bodies were recovered by rescue workers later on Saturday, Humphreys County Sheriff said.

Also killed in the flood was Wayne Spears, the ranch foreman for country singer Loretta Lynn.

He was seen with his arms around the beam at Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, on Saturday after being caught by rapidly rising floodwaters while checking on the ranch’s animals.

But tragically, Spears died after the structure he was clinging to washed away moments later, according to local news site the Tennessee Holler

This distressing photo shows Loretta Lynn's ranch foreman Wayne Spears moments before he was swept to his death during a flood that hit the singer's property in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, on Saturday

This distressing photo shows Loretta Lynn’s ranch foreman Wayne Spears moments before he was swept to his death during a flood that hit the singer’s property in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, on Saturday 

Wayne Spears and Loretta Lynn

Wayne Spears tribute photo

County star Lynn, pictured left with Spears, was unharmed by the floods, but paid a touching tribute to her ‘irreplaceable’ rancher in a Facebook post announcing his death Sunday 

‘He’s out at his barn and next thing you know, he goes from checking animals in the barn to hanging on in the barn to people seeing him floating down the creek. And that´s how fast it had come up,’ Humphrey’s County Sheriff Chris Davis said.

‘Wayne´s just one of those guys, he just does everything for everybody, if there´s a job to do,’ said his friend Michael Pate, who met Spears at the ranch 15 years ago. 

Lynn herself is safe from the floods, which were the worst ever to have swept through her ranch. She shared a tribute to Spears Sunday, writing: ‘With the heaviest of hearts we are saddened to report that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not survive being swept up in the flood waters. Wayne has been a family friend to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades and we are all devastated by his passing.

‘The Ranch will never be the same without him but he will always be remembered for his ready smile, kind heart, and willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around him.





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