Humphreys County Public Library reopens after 2021 floods


WAVERLY, Tenn. (WTVF) – After nearly 10 months, the Humphreys County Library in Waverly reopened Monday morning.

Deadly floodwaters that swept through the city damaged the structure, which also gutted the homes and belongings of hundreds of people.

The library is a sign that the city is still recovering and moving closer to normal operations.

According to library manager Ethel Carmical, it’s also a return of some key community resources that the county was lacking.

“We are a rural community and computers are the only source that some people even have to use a computer for,” Carmical said. “Some of our kids don’t have computers or live so far out in the county.”

Wifi and printing services are also available at the library and one of the few places in the county to offer these options.

However, the library has also attracted many locals whom the staff consider regulars.

“Some of your elderly clients who come to us, our clients, we miss them. So if we don’t see them for a week or two, we have to call them. They may be sick. They may not have had a phone call, we have to check them,” Carmical said.

The library attracted many visitors on its first day of reopening.

The building, air conditioning units, shelves and some books were damaged by the flood waters. The library only lost about 50 books, although they don’t know how many were lost in houses destroyed by the floods.

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