The 7-month-old twins who died in catastrophic flooding in Tennessee over the weekend were “swept away” with all of their parents’ belongings, a relative said Monday.
The babies, Rileigh and Ryan, were their family’s “precious angels,” the relative, Jeanna Hall, said in a statement.
Two older siblings survived, Hall said.
The children’s father, Matthew Rigney, told WTVF-TV of Nashville that he awoke to a sudden surge of water that inundated the area Saturday after record rainfall. The surge burst through the door of his family’s apartment.
The children’s mother, Daniella Hall, escaped through a window to seek help as water deluged their home, Rigney told the station. The family’s 5-year-old was hanging from Rigney’s neck, a 19-month-old was on his hip, and the twins were in his arms, he said.
“The water, when it hit us, just pulled us under, all of us trapped underneath a bed,” Rigney told the station, adding: “I wish there was something I could have done.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Tim Stelloh