WAVERLY, TN (WSMV) – Almost six days after the Humphreys County flooding, there is still a lot of work to be done to get people back on their feet.
Several people have mobilized to help those affected by the deadly floods. Donation centers have been set up in places such as the Center of Hope ministries. Since last Saturday night, after floodwaters ravaged the town of Waverly, Rick and Paula Owen have been collecting donations.
“Be honest with you, I don’t even know what day of the week it is right now,” said Rick Owen of Hope Center Ministries.
Water, food, toiletries, and paper towels are piled up around the ministries at Hope Center.
“It’s about trying to help people in need in the community,” said Rick Owen. “Serve those who have lost loved ones, their homes, sadly, their past and some of them, their future.”
Even though the Owens live in the new Johnsonville, they said it was their community.
“Their hearts are broken, their tragedy is just, they have lost everything,” said Paula Owen. “And they need, even if it’s just someone to talk to, we try to offer them the things that we need to give them, even some kind of mental and emotional support.”
The Owens said stories of hardship weighed on them as well.
“These are people I’ve known for 40 years. Humphreys County has been my home since 1977, and especially for families who have lost loved ones, it’s just like I said heartbreaking,” said Rick Owen. .
This is why the Owens try to be there with either essentials or even a shoulder.
“Sometimes it’s not even about cleaning supplies or clothes. Sometimes someone just needs to be hugged and know you are loved,” said Rick Owen.
Although they have a lot of supplies, there is always a need. They want box fans, N95 masks, coveralls and gloves to help catering crews get to homes to clean up and try to save what they can.
The Tennessee National Guard and the Tennessee Department of Transportation were in Waverly Thursday morning to clear the large debris.
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