The body of a 2-year-old Tennessee boy has been found three days after a catastrophic flash flood left almost two dozen people dead, including infant twins ripped from their father’s arms, according to reports.
Kellen Cole Burrow was swept away by floodwaters in Waverly on Saturday, WTVF reported.
His aunt Trista Tidwell Forsythe told the news outlet that the boy was with his mother and five older siblings in their apartment at the same complex where 7-month-old twins Ryan and Rileighana were swept away.
Kellen’s grandfather told WSMV that DNA evidence confirmed that the body found was that of the tragic toddler.
The twins were torn from their father’s grasp inside their apartment in Waverly, where 17.02 inches of rain fell, shattering the state’s 24-hour record by nearly 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
“We woke up and water was filling our apartment,” their dad, Matt Rigney, told WTVF.
The family took their four kids — including 19-month-old Brayla and 5-year-old Maleah — to a back bedroom, but the deluge inside quickly worsened, prompting the children’s mother, Danielle Hall, to climb out a window.
“I was going for help,” Hall told the station. “I was going to the store behind us. I didn’t know it was flooded.”
At least 22 people were killed in the one-day record rainfall, including Linda Almond, who went live on Facebook on Saturday morning to show the deadly situation unfolding around her home.
But the one-minute video would be her final words to the world.
“Well, if anybody’s seeing me on Facebook Live, we’re being flooded right now in Waverly, Tennessee. Really scary,” Almond’s quivering voice says in the video.
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