'This is scary': Woman's chilling Facebook Live before dying in floodwaters

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A Tennessee woman went live on social media pleading for help moments before she was killed in rising floodwaters. 

The chilling one-minute video posted to Facebook is the last anyone heard from Linda Almond, as deadly floods washed over Tennessee at the weekend.

She went live just before 10.15am on Saturday, recording debris floating by her rain-speckled window in murky floodwater.

Linda Almond's body was identified by her sister a day after the harrowing Facebook Live clip was posted. Source: ABC8 News courtesy of Almond family
Linda Almond's body was identified by her sister a day after the harrowing Facebook Live clip was posted. Source: ABC8 News courtesy of Almond family

“Well, if anybody seen me on Facebook Live we’re being flooded right now in Waverly, Tennessee,” she said.

The sound of rushing water can be heard as Ms Almond cries “whoa, whoa”.

“I think something just hit the side of the house,” a second person responds.

The camera jolts and Ms Almond's voice returns. “This is scary,” she says in shakier and fearful tone.

“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness” are her final words before the video cuts off.

Family members told local news outlet WKRN that Ms Almond and her son climbed on their roof in a desperate bid to escape the rising floods after the video ended.

But the roof collapsed, and both were swept away.

By Saturday afternoon, Ms Almond’s brother Leo confirmed on Facebook her son had been rescued but she was still missing.

The following day, her body was found in the aftermath.

In this aerial image provided by the Nashville Fire Department, flash flooding is seen on August 21, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. Source: Getty Images
Mass flooding swept cars into ditches and washed away homes in Tennessee. Source: Getty Images

WKRN reported that her family want to share her story to show how terrifying the flooding was. They said it was an important reminder to tell the people in your life that you love them because you never know when they will be gone.

Search for survivors continues after deadly downpour

At least 22 people were killed and more than a dozen remain missing following the historic downpour in Middle Tennessee.

Record rainfall of up to 43cm drenched some areas, sparking mass flooding which swept cars into ditches and washed away homes and buildings.

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

A view of the damage after heavy rain and devastating floods in Waverly, Tennessee, United States on August 22, 2021. Source: Getty Images
U.S. President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in the state of Tennessee after at least 22 people died in the devastating floods. Source: Getty Images

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