Body of 2-year-old boy identified after Tennessee flash flood

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Body of 2-year-old boy identified after Tennessee flash flood

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.

Kellen Burrow.
Kellen Burrow was with his mother and five older siblings in the their apartment when the flash flood hit.
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His aunt Trista Tidwell Forsythe told the news outlet that the boy was with his mother and five older siblings in the their apartment at the same complex where 7-month-old twins Ryan and Rileighana were also 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 of 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.”

A flooded car and debris.
17.02 inches of rain fell in Waverly, shattering Tennessee’s 24-hour record by nearly 4 inches.
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Smoke rises from a flood damaged building.
Smoke rises from a flood damaged building in Waverly, Tennessee.
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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.

Matthew Rigney and Danielle Hall.
Matthew Rigney and Danielle Hall lost their 7-month-old twins Ryan and Rileighana in the same flood waters that took Kellen Burrow.
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