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Flood Ready Tennessee commemorates deadly Waverly flooding on anniversary

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Flood Ready Tennessee (FRT) remembers the victims and survivors of the August 2021 floods in Waverly, Tennessee.

FRT states one year after this disastrous event, the city is still struggling to economically recover, rebuilding efforts are still ongoing, and the 4,000 people affected are still grappling with emotional and physical effects.

We must support our communities across the state in becoming more prepared for flooding before it happens. Flooding can happen in our rural areas like Waverly and Humphreys County as well as suburban and urban areas like Knoxville and Chattanooga. Now, more than ever, there is a dire need for a statewide flood resilience plan to better serve and protect our citizens.

Flood Ready TN is a coalition of elected officials, homeowners, small business owners, faith leaders, and community members across the state dedicated to making Tennessee resilient against the financial impact of frequent flooding.

Across Tennessee, flooding is widespread, destructive, and costs Tennessee taxpayers and individuals an average of $243 million each year.

Flood Ready TN believes Tennessee should take executive and legislative steps to better prepare for future floods by investing in statewide coordination efforts, green infrastructure solutions, and hazard mitigation.

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