Death toll continues to climb from Kentucky floods

The New York Times reports that at least 25 have now died as the result of the massive flooding that has taken place in Kentucky. 

Hundreds of people, though, remain missing. And, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) expects the death toll to continue to rise as the flood waters recede and rescue crews continue their search.

More rain, however, is threatening to fall down, which could be a significant setback to search efforts. For this reason, Gov. Beshear (D) has called for search efforts to be intensified in order to try to locate as many missing individuals as possible before the rain, once again, causes the flood waters to rise.

“We’ve got to act quickly after the water recedes tomorrow, certainly before it rains again,” Beshear said on Friday.

“Never seen” before

Beshear has said that Kentucky has “never seen [flooding] like this” before in its history.

The flooding in eastern Kentucky resulted from the heavy rainfall that occurred on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday. During a 24-hour period, some of the areas that experienced the worst of the storm saw over 10 inches of rain.

Photos of the devastation have been circling the internet. Houses, including some that were occupied, and cars were swept away in the waters. Power lines were knocked down – even whole roads were effortlessly washed away. And, a lot of this was happening in the dark of night.

“We still can’t get to a lot of people,” Beshear said. “There is so much water. The current is so strong. It is not safe for some of the water rescues that we need to do.”

Disaster declaration issued

Kentucky has activated its National Guard to assist with rescue efforts.

President Joe Biden, on Friday, also issued a disaster declaration, which will allow Kentucky to receive federal aid to help with the situation.

Although the flooding has been most severe in Kentucky, it is not the only state that has been affected. West Virginia and Virginia have also been experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding. Accordingly, the governors of these two states declared separate states of emergency on Thursday.

Again, though, the flooding does not appear to have had anywhere near as devastating of an impact in these states as it has in Kentucky.

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