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Rescue groups are trying harder to look for many individuals announced missing after Kentucky saw flooding because of heavy precipitation. As per officials, numerous regions are blocked off because floodwater destroyed spans and cleared out a few areas.
Governor Andy Beshear said at a press conference held in Frankfurt that the loss of life is currently 30. “There are hundreds of unaccounted for people, minimum.”
The governor added, “We just don’t have a firm grasp on that. I wish we did — there are a lot of reasons why it’s nearly impossible.
An emotional Bashir took to the media when he spoke of four confirmed dead children in Knott County. “It says ‘minors,'” the governor looked at the list he had been given. “They are children. The oldest one is in second grade.”
The victims’ aunt, Brandy Smith, told the press that the children died after the mobile house where they were staying flooded. When the water got up, the children sought refuge on the roof.
“They were holding on to them,” Smith told the press. “The water got so strong it just washed them away.”
According to Beshear, it would take weeks of search and rescue to find the missing bodies of several more people. “Many of them swept hundreds of yards, maybe a quarter-mile plus from where they were last,” the governor added.
On a lighter note, the governor announced the return of cell phone service. This means that loved ones can call their friends and receive updates.
Infrastructures damaged by floods
Infrastructures such as highways, bridges, and residential homes were destroyed as a result of the water rising several meters high. Due to this, more than 150 people lost their houses and are currently seeking refuge in state parks.
The electricity and water infrastructure were also damaged. The governor said repairs would follow.
Over 50 bridges in Perry County were destroyed or rendered impassable as a result of the storm, according to county judge-executive Scott Alexander.
“What that means is there’s somebody living on the other side or multiple families living up our holler on the other side that we’re still not able to have road access to,” the executive judge said.
In the upcoming days, the area is at risk of receiving significant rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. Given the current event, this will cause the citizens greater problems.
“If things weren’t hard enough on the people in this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Governor Beshear stated.
Several areas in Kentucky are under a flood watch, including Jackson, Pikeville, Hazard, Morehead and West Liberty.
The Jackson weather service office said, “Showers and thunderstorms containing rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour, at times, will result in the potential for flash flooding through noon. Areas that see repeated incidents of showers and thunderstorms will be the most susceptible to flash flooding.”
Meanwhile, the rise in temperatures will disrupt recovering communities. According to forecasts, Wednesday temperatures will reach up to 80 to 90 degrees. The heat index is expected to float around the threshold of 100 degrees. This will occur at a time when citizens are without electricity due to the damage sustained by the power lines.
Resources needed by victims and survivors
“A lot of these places have never flooded. So if they’ve never flooded, these people will not have flood insurance, expressed Mayor Donald Mobelini of Hazard, Kentucky.
“If they lose their home, it’s total loss. There’s not going to be an insurance check coming to help that. We need cash donations,” the official added.
The governor established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, and it will coordinate fundraising efforts to cover funeral costs for the deceased and assist people with their damaged homes. The governor disclosed that the charity received donations totaling more than $1 million.
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