Twin babies among dead after catastrophic flooding in Waverly, grandmother says

Top Stories

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Twin babies have died after being swept away by flood waters in Waverly, as their family tried to escape the rising water early Saturday morning.

The siblings’ grandmother, Angie Willeby told News 2 that seven-month-old twins, Ryan and Rileigh were among the dead after catastrophic flash flooding in Humphreys County.

Willeby said the children’s parents were attempting to escape the rising waters with their four children, when Ryan and Rileigh were swept away.

Their bodies were later found after an extensive search, she explained.

MORE TOP STORIES: Read the latest local, state and national news on

Willeby added that their other two siblings were not harmed.

The family has set up an online fundraising page to help with funeral expenses.

As of Saturday night, the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office said at least ten people were confirmed dead as a result of the flooding, while dozens remained missing.

The names and ages of the victims have not been publicly released, as search and rescue efforts continue Sunday morning.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News Videos

Police: 1 person injured in East Knoxville shooting

$10,000 donation made to Operation Honor Guard

Cumberland County man arrested at elementary school

Mayor Jacobs says Knox County will not comply with vaccine mandate

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Tennessee has vaccine requirements in place for daycares, schools