Southaven man lends hand to Waverly flood victims as search for grandson continues

The man’s employer, Southaven RV & Marine, mounts relief efforts
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 4:56 PM CDT
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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - There are three still missing in Waverly, Tennessee after Saturday’s flood swept through the small city.

It’s a much smaller number than the 40 people that were reported yesterday, but one of those missing has a Southaven man searching with rescue crews.

The man, Chris Hixson, is looking for his two-year-old grandson, Kellen Burrow-Vaughn.

“They are on pins and needles,” said Joe Underwood. “We hope for the best. We hope the worst doesn’t come.”

Underwood works with Hixson at Southaven RV & Marine off of I-55 in Southaven.

Hixson is the brother of the owner.

“Chris was actually here on Saturday,” Underwood said. “Every hour we were getting updates of water rising and rising until the point when it was an emergency.”

While Hixson searches in Waverly, Underwood and employees at Southaven RV & Marine are doing their part to help with relief efforts.

On Tuesday morning, a semi-trailer arrived outside the business’s showroom, and donations are being accepted during regular business hours until Friday.

“Let’s show the folks up there that they’ve got a friend in the Memphis and North Mississippi area. Let’s load this trailer up,” Underwood said.

Throughout Tuesday, donations came in from first responders to average citizens, lining the walls of the trailer with water, clothes, diapers, and non-perishables.

“We’re all human beings,” said the Lazar family as they dropped off water and fall clothes. “We all need to help each other. It doesn’t matter how close or how far. It’s just to help.”

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“We would appreciate the help and support,” Underwood said. “If we can get enough action in response, we’re going to bring the thing back, and we’re going to load it up again.”

As far as Hixson and his family, a Facebook donation page has been set up for Burrow-Vaughan’s family.

Several GoFundMe accounts have been set up for those who have lost most everything from the storm.

The Waverly Department of Public Safety - Police & Fire has information on how you can help.

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