US: Kentucky flooding death toll rises to 25

by | Jul 30, 2022 | World

At least 25 people, including four children, killed as torrential rains swept through towns across the state, governor says.At least 25 people died, including four children, when torrential rains swamped towns across Appalachia, Kentucky’s governor has said.
Governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday that the number would likely rise significantly and it could take weeks to find all the victims of the record flash flooding.
“This is an ongoing natural disaster,” Beshear told Fox News. “We are still in search and rescue mode. Thankfully, the rain has stopped. But it’s going to rain more starting Sunday afternoon.”
Rescue crews continue the struggle to get into hard-hit areas, some of them among the poorest places in the United States. Crews have made more than 1,200 rescues from helicopters and boats, the governor said.
Beshear, who flew over parts of the flood-stricken region on Friday, described it as “just total devastation, the likes of which we have never seen”.
“We are committed to a full rebuilding effort to get these folks back on their feet,” Beshear said. “But for now, we’re just praying that we don’t lose anybody else.”
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Kentucky received between 20 to 27cm (eight to 10.5 inches) in 48 hours. The weather offered a respite on Saturday, but more rain was expected on Sunday.
“As a cold front drags south, the area will remain mainly dry through today. The dry weather is expected to come to an end Sunday afternoon as a boundary lifts north back into the region,” the National Weather Service’s Jackson, Kentucky office tweeted.
In the tiny community of Wayland, Phillip Michael Caudill was working on Saturday to clean up debris and salvage what he could from the home he sh …

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