Dozens of of missing found after US floods

Rich McKayAAP
Numerous Tennessee homes have been left uninhabitable by the weekend floods.
Camera IconNumerous Tennessee homes have been left uninhabitable by the weekend floods. Credit: AP

Authorities have accounted for dozens of people who were previously listed as missing after the weekend's deadly flooding in the US state of Tennessee, where the full scope of damage is coming into view.

Officials on Tuesday also lowered the number of those killed by the storm - which destroyed homes and businesses, swept cars off the road, and left streets awash in mud - dropping the estimate to 18 from 21.

As residents have gotten in touch with authorities, or found family members and friends at the local reunification center, only three people remain missing. Earlier, officials had put the number of missing at 50.

The scope of the damage came into sharper focus in hardest-hit Humphreys County, as rescue teams continue to search house-to-house with trained dogs looking for victims.

"We've got 100 to 125 homes off the foundation, twisted and some that are gone. And that's just the ones we've seen," Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said.

Hundreds of other homes were water-damaged and uninhabitable, officials said.

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state of Tennessee and ordered federal aid.

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