Record flooding in Kentucky and Appalachia kills more victims as searches continue

Record flooding in Kentucky and Appalachia kills more victims as searches continue

Published July 29, 2022
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At least 16 people are dead and many are unaccounted for after heavy rains caused major flooding in parts of Eastern Kentucky and surrounding Appalachian communities. More rains are in the forecast, with flood watches continuing until Friday night.

Beshear deployed the National Guard and declared a state of emergency in several counties, reports member station WUKY’s Karyn Czar. President Biden declared a major disaster for Kentucky on Friday and ordered federal aid in helping with recovery efforts.

He said the lack of cell service and reliable forms of communication have prevented the state from gathering reliable numbers of those accounted for. Beshear estimates that nearly 300 people have been rescued by aircraft or boat.

On Friday, state and local officials ordered evacuations for part of the city of Jackson, Ky., after concerns were raised of an imminent breach of the Panbowl Dam. As of Friday morning, Beshear said officials were “a little more optimistic but still concerned.”