The death toll in eastern Kentucky rose to at least 25 on Saturday, according to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, after flooding unleashed by torrential rainfall swept through homes, washed out roads and pushed rivers over their banks. “I’m worried that we’re going to be, we’re going to be finding bodies for weeks to come,” Beshear said.
At least 25 people, including four children, have died in floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky, and more fatalities are expected, the state’s governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday.
“This is still an emergency situation,” Beshear told reporters. “We are in search and rescue mode. Again, that count is going to continue to go up.”
Heavy rains of 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) pounded the region from Wednesday into Thursday, sweeping through homes, washing out roads and pushing rivers over their banks. While the region’s steep hillsides and narrow valleys make it prone to flooding, experts are also blaming climate change.
The floods were the second major national disaster to strike Kentucky in seven months, following a swarm of tornadoes that claimed nearly 80 lives in the western part of the state in December. read more
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Kentucky on Friday, allowing federal funding to be allocated to the state.
Van Jackson checks on his dog, Jack, who was stranded at a church by flood waters along Right Beaver Creek, following a day of heavy rain in in Garrett, Kentucky, U.S. July 28, 2022. Jackson owns an auto parts store in town and said he doesn’t have flood insurance to cover his loss. Pat McDonogh/USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS.
James Jacobs signals to a National Guard helicopter flying overhead, following a day of heavy rain in in Garrett, Kentucky, U.S. July 28, 2022. Pat McDonogh/USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS.
A valley lies flooded as seen from a helicopter during a tour by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear over eastern Kentucky, U.S. July 29, 2022. Office of Governor Andy Beshear/Handout via REUTERS.
A rescue team member evacuates residents from their homes in a boat through flooded streets, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, U.S., July 28, 2022. Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team/Handout via REUTERS
Reggie Ritchie comforts wife Della as they pause while clearing out their destroyed manufactured home destroyed by the flooding from Troublesome Creek behind them in Fisty, Kentucky, U.S. July 29, 2022. Matt Stone/USA Today Network via REUTERS