NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! 25 individuals have reportedly died as a result of extensive and severe flooding in eastern Kentucky.
Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, acknowledged the dismal results in a tweet early on Saturday.
In Eastern Kentucky, where we are currently in the search and rescue phase, we have some difficult news to share with you today, he wrote. We already have 25 fatalities, and the figure is probably going to rise.
We will be there for you now, in the next days, weeks, and years, Beshear assured everyone in Eastern Kentucky. “Together, we will get through this.”
Children in Kentucky die in historic floods after being swept away, according to a cousin.
The governor had previously declared that there were at least six children among the victims.
It’s difficult to determine the precise number of individuals in some of these regions, he said.
Teams supported by the National Guard carried out search and rescue operations on Friday. The governor said hundreds have already been saved.
Beshear observed the destruction on Friday from a helicopter. Due to dangerous conditions at the airport where he was scheduled to land, his initial intentions to tour the disaster region had been postponed.
Homes and cars have been entirely submerged during the deluge, forcing more than 330 people to seek shelter.
Roadways were also affected by mudslides, and Beshear reported that at least 28 state routes had portions obstructed.
On Saturday morning, more than 17,000 Kentucky residents were still without electricity.
The governor’s office also reported water disruptions, with systems in Jackson and Fleming-Neon not operating and more than 20 other systems operating only partially.
THE NUMBER OF FLOOD DEAD IN KENTUCKY HAS REACHED 16 AND WILL “GET A LOT HIGHER,” SAYS THE GOVERNOR.
Local states of emergency have been proclaimed in at least 14 counties and three cities.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell stated that the agency would bring whatever resources were required to support search and recovery activities after President Biden declared a federal disaster.
While some streams in eastern Kentucky were predicted to crest on Saturday, other areas received between 8 and 10.5 inches during the previous 48 hours.
According to a report from Jackson’s National Weather Service (NWS), the region will begin to dry out throughout the day on Saturday, but the dry weather is likely to end on Sunday afternoon.
According to scientists, climate change has increased the frequency of intense rain occurrences.
Beshear stated in a statement, “If you can hear us in Eastern Kentucky, we love you and we’re going to make it.