Devastating floods in Kentucky have killed 25 people and more are expected, the governor of the southern United States said as rescuers and residents continue the harrowing search for survivors. I told you yesterday.
Torrential rains earlier this week caused unprecedented flash flooding in 13 counties in eastern Kentucky.
Many of the roads and bridges in that mountainous region, an area afflicted by severe poverty with the decline of the coal industry, have been damaged or destroyed, and cell phone service has been disrupted, making it difficult for survival. Finding someone is difficult.
“I am concerned that bodies will be found over the next few weeks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said at a midday news briefing shortly after he tweeted that the death toll had risen to 25.
The Democratic governor confirmed that “we are still in the search and rescue phase,” and said, “We will get through this together.”
Beshear said earlier reports that six children had died were inaccurate. Two of them turned out to be adults.
Children were lost in heartbreaking ways, as reported by the US media. After a rapidly rising stream engulfed the mobile home, family members clung to the trees to watch children being torn apart by one forceful surge of water after another.
National Guard units in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia have conducted more than 650 air rescues since the floods began Wednesday night, while state police and other state officials have registered about 750 water rescue units. did.
He said the search was “extremely stressful and difficult” for rescuers.
Some areas of eastern Kentucky reported more than 8 inches of rain in 24 hours.
Water levels on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Whitesburg rose to 20 feet within hours, well above the previous record of 14.7 feet.
The floodwaters turned many roads into rivers, and some of the low-lying houses were almost completely submerged, leaving only their roofs visible.
Scenes on social media showed houses torn from their moorings and piled up in a muddy waterway and piles of debris over bridges.
We had good weather yesterday, but more rain the next day, with another inch or two expected.
Beshear told CNN yesterday that the impending rain will pose a challenge, “I don’t think it will be historic rain, but it will be difficult.”
In his briefing, he said 15 emergency shelters had been opened in schools, churches and state parks, but at least one was “overwhelmed.”
Beshear said about 18,000 households remain without power and thousands without a safe water supply.
The governor said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far sent water for 18 tractor-trailers. Other federal employees had arrived to process the claim.
President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration for Kentucky’s floods, allowing federal aid to complement state and local recovery efforts.
Flooding in eastern Kentucky is the latest in a string of extreme weather events that scientists say are unmistakable signs of climate change.
A tornado struck western Kentucky in December 2021, killing nearly 60 people. The disaster has provided lessons for ongoing efforts on the other side of the state, Beshear said.
“We have learned many lessons from a devastating tornado in western Kentucky about seven months ago. are doing,” he told CNN.
At the briefing, Beshear expressed his compassion for the hard-hit population.
“I cannot imagine the grief you are going through right now,” he said.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/721961/Devastating-Kentucky-floods-death-toll-reaches-25 Death toll in devastating Kentucky floods reaches 25