According to a daily briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, dozens of people have not yet been described.
Hindman, Kentucky — Deaths From the Kentucky Flood It continued to rise on Sunday in the face of new threats of more heavy rain.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the storm last week has increased the death toll by one to 26.
Bescher said that number is likely to increase significantly and it can take weeks to find all the victims. According to a daily briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as many as 37 people were unexplained.
In addition, flash floods could occur in parts of the Appalachian Mountains on Sundays and Mondays, according to the US National Weather Service. In some of the same areas flooded last week, rainfall of 1-2 inches per hour could occur.
According to FEMA, 12 shelters were opened and inhabited by 388 people in Kentucky on Sunday for flood victims.
According to Bescher, state police were receiving calls from worried people who couldn’t find a loved one because of uneven cell phones.
“We still can’t enter some areas to check people,” Bescher said. “We are doubling the National Guard. We work to make door-to-door visits and to find as many people as possible. We will go through the rain. But the weather is It complicates it. “
On a dull morning in downtown Hindman, about 200 miles southeast of Louisville, the crew cleared up the debris piled up in the storefront. At the nearby Troublesome Creek, the vehicle was sitting upside down, but now it’s back on the bank where the trash is scattered.
Workers struggled non-stop on muddy sidewalks and roads due to the potential for more rain.
“Unless there is a deluge, we will be here,” said one of the workers, Tom Jackson.
Floods wipe out rural Appalachia towns
Jackson was with the crew in Corbin, Kentucky. He is the Recycling Director of Kentucky and is about a two hour drive from Hindman.
His crew worked all day on Saturday, and the mud and debris were thick enough that they managed to clean the road an eighth mile. The water that flowed from the hillside was powerful enough to bend road signs.
“I’ve never seen water like this,” Jackson said.
In Knott County, Teresa Perry Reynolds’ home was flooded with water and mud. She and her husband would have evacuated to their 44-foot travel trailer, which was flooded.
“I’m dressed on my back,” she said on Saturday when asked what they could save.
After searching for a day and a half, they found her husband’s purse. It was left behind when they escaped the soaring waters on Thursday and went to their neighbor’s house. A team of volunteers carried debris out of her house on Saturday.
She and her husband are with friends. She is a retired teacher and her husband is a retired school administrator.
“All I know is that I’m homeless and have people take care of me,” she said.
It rained early on Friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received 8-10 1/2 inches in 48 hours. Approximately 13,000 utility customers in Kentucky remained unpowered on Sunday. poweroutage.us report.
President Joe Biden has declared a federal disaster to send relief money to more than 12 counties in Kentucky.
Last week’s floods were in West Virginia, where Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in six southern counties, and Virginia, where Governor Glenn Youngkin made an urgent declaration to allow resources to be mobilized in the southwestern part of the flood. It reached to. state.
Kentucky Flood Deaths Increased to 25: Andy Beshear
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