Dozens Dead in Aftermath of Kentucky Flooding

Dozens Dead in Aftermath of Kentucky Flooding

Body Counts Rise As Authorities Try To Gain Control Of Major Tragedy

( – Extreme rainstorms hit Kentucky on Saturday, July 30, and didn’t let up through the weekend. Scientists stated it was a 1-in-1,000-year rainstorm that has left hundreds displaced, with many more missing and an unconfirmed number of fatalities. Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said the unprecedented flooding caused emergency evacuations and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

On Sunday, the governor warned officials might find bodies for weeks because water had swept victims up to a quarter of a mile away. Power lines were down throughout parts of the state, and phone service wasn’t available in some areas. On Monday morning, 13,000 customers still had no power, at least 37 people were confirmed dead, and the state braced itself for even more losses.

First responders haven’t accounted for hundreds of individuals, and officials don’t have confidence in how many residents have perished. The governor couldn’t provide better information at the moment for several reasons, but emergency crews are working feverishly to account for those missing.

Several eastern Kentucky counties remained under flood warnings on Monday morning, with flash events possible in some areas. The region isn’t out of the woods yet. Forecasters said the area was still ripe for severe storms and the potential for more rainfall.

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