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US: Kentucky flood death toll rises to 25 | Flood News

Torrential rains have hit towns across the state, killing at least 25 people, including four children, the governor said.

At least 25 people, including four children, have died as torrential rains ravage towns across Appalachia, the Kentucky governor said.

Gov. Andy Beshear said on Saturday that the number was likely to rise It could take weeks to find all the victims of record flash floods.

“This is an ongoing natural disaster,” Beshear told Fox News. “We are still in search and rescue mode.

Rescue teams continue to struggle to reach hard-hit areas, some of which are among the poorest in the United States. The governor said the crew rescued more than 1,200 people from helicopters and boats.

Beshear, who flew over parts of the flooded area on Friday, described it as “complete devastation like we’ve never seen.”

“We are working on a full rebuilding effort to get these people back on their feet,” Beshear said.

Kentucky received a range of 20-27 cm (8-10.5 inches) in 48 hours. The weather was good on Saturday, but more rain was expected on Sunday.

“The region will remain predominantly dry until today as the cold front moves southward. The dry weather is expected to end on Sunday afternoon as the boundary moves northward back into the region.” , the National Weather Service’s Jackson, Kentucky office tweeted.

In the small community of Wayland, Philip Michael Cordill worked Saturday to clear debris and salvage as much as he could from the house he shared with his wife and three children. Wed has moved away from home, but has left confusion, with questions about what he and his family will do next.

“I hope I can get some help,” Cordill, who is staying with his family in a free room at Jenny Wiley State Park, told the Associated Press.

Caudill, a Garrett community firefighter, went to the rescue around 1:00 am (05:00 GMT) on Thursday, but had to wait until 3:00 am so he could get home as the water levels were rising rapidly. Around (07:00 GMT) I had to ask them to leave.

“That’s why it’s been so hard for me,” he said. “I’m sitting here watching my house flooded and people asking for help because he was taking care of his own family.

When he got home the water was up to his knees and he had to walk across the yard to carry his two children to the car.

He could barely close the SUV door as they departed.

It’s the latest in a series of devastating deluges that hit parts of the United States, including St. Louis, earlier this year, and will return again on Friday. climate change Making weather disasters more common.

President Joe Biden has declared a federal disaster that will send relief funds to more than 10 Kentucky counties.

Floods reached western Virginia and southern West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in six West Virginia counties. The floods have knocked down trees, caused power outages and blocked roads.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also declared a state of emergency, allowing officials to mobilize resources in the flood-hit southwestern state.

About 18,000 utility customers in Kentucky remained without power early Saturday morning, poweroutage.us reported.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/30/us-kentucky-flooding-death-toll-rises US: Kentucky flood death toll rises to 25 | Flood News

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