At least 15 people have died after floods in Kentucky. the number may increase

At least 15 people have died after catastrophic flooding in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear said. CNN: this Friday (29). That number should be doubled, he said, and children will be included.

“There’s going to be a lot of families that we lost,” Beshear told Brianna Keilar on The New Day. CNN:. “Kids who won’t have the opportunity to grow and experience as much as we did.”

“This is so deadly, and it hit so hard, and it hit in the middle of the night,” the governor said, adding that while Eastern Kentucky often experiences flooding, “we’ve never seen anything of this magnitude.”

Rescue teams are working 24 hours a day to reach areas that are difficult to access due to widespread flooding after heavy rains from Wednesday (27) to Thursday night (28).

The flood swept away bridges, knocked out power and sent some residents running to rooftops as water rushed into their homes.

The homes and cars of some families were submerged or completely swept away by the floods, which were exacerbated by the continued rains due to creeks and already soaked soils.

Beshir warned Thursday that the devastation was far from over, with more rain expected on Friday. There is a risk of mild to moderate flooding in eastern Kentucky through Friday night, with an additional 10 to 20 inches possible during the day, according to the Weather Forecast Center.

Clay County Coroner Jarrod Becknell said an elderly man and woman died after being driven from their home in the Oneida community near Manchester, Kentucky. The man was 76 and the woman was in her late 60s or early 70s, Deputy Coroner Joe Crockett said.

It’s unclear whether the two deaths are included in the statewide toll Beshar announced.

Kentucky officials on Thursday night advised people to evacuate homes and businesses in Jackson’s Panbowl Lake floodplain, citing rising water levels in the Kentucky River and a “muddy seepage” near the lake’s dam. A portion of Route 15 in Kentucky was also closed Thursday evening.

Parts of West Virginia also experienced heavy flooding on Thursday, and more rainfall is expected on Friday. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency, and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in Fayette, Greenbrier, Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties, according to news releases from the county offices.

Most of West Virginia is at a moderate risk of flash flooding Friday, according to the Weather Prediction Center.

Southwest Virginia is also at risk of flooding on Friday, with 2 to 5 inches of rain possible, with more possible in some local areas, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia.

At a White House briefing on Thursday, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell will travel to Kentucky on Friday to assess the damage and report to President Joe Biden.

FEMA has also deployed rescue teams and an incident management support team to support the state’s rescue efforts, he said.

Beshear sent a direct request to Biden asking for federal aid for eastern Kentucky, the governor said in a tweet.

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