At least 15 dead after severe flooding

At least 15 people have died and hundreds are expected to lose their homes after torrential rains unleashed flash flooding and mudslides across eastern Kentucky. There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across the mountainous region where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed told CNN Friday that the death toll is now at 15.“It is devastating,” Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN before touring the disaster area. “Our number of Kentuckians we’ve lost is now at 15. I expect it to more than double. And it’s going to include some children.”Beshear called it one of the worst, most devastating flooding events in Kentucky’s history.”I do believe it will end up being one of the most significant deadly floods we have had in Kentucky in at least one very long time,” Beshear said.He said the situation is dynamic and ongoing as most places are not seeing water recede with even more rain in the forecast.The governor said there has been “massive property damage.””Hundreds will lose their homes and this is going to be another event that will take not months, but years to recover from,” Beshear said in the update.Residents described the flooding and damage it caused to their homes. “I’m 81 years old. I never saw a flood like this in my life,” resident Herold Riley said. “Watched my trailer, I couldn’t get to it and I saw it start moving, it washed down the creek. “There are a number of people unaccounted for, Beshear said. A state of emergency has been issued for the state. The state has activated the National Guard to use helicopters and trucks to help residents get to safety. “They see a number of people in Breathitt County alone on the roof, even some people in trees, hanging on, waiting for rescue,” Beshear said. Beshear said they have also opened three state parks for those who lost their homes to take shelter.”A lot of people waiting to be rescued, number of people unaccounted for, I’m nearly certain this is a situation where we are going to lose some of them,” Beshear said. The governor stated he will be releasing locations for shelters, asking Kentuckians to help at shelters for water, cleaning supplies. “I’m asking everyone to pray. There are a lot of peo ple out there who need help and are very scared right now. And we’re doing the very best we can to reach each and every one of them,” Beshear said. In hard-hit Perry County in eastern Kentucky, rescue crews worked throughout the night helping people who were stranded.“It’s a catastrophic event,” said Perry County emergency management director Jerry Stacy, 54. “I’ve lived here in Perry County all my life and this is by the far the worst event I’ve ever seen.”“We’re just in the rescue mode right now,” said, speaking with The Associated Press by phone as he struggled to reach his office in Hazard Thursday morning. “Extreme flash flooding and mudslides are just everywhere.”Poweroutage.us reported more than 33,000 customers remained without electricity Friday in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, with the bulk of the outages in Kentucky.At least six counties have declared local states of emergency: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Letcher, Owsley and Pike.Eastern Kentucky’s Floyd County declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews had been deployed there.In West Virginia’s Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled people from flooded homes, and five campers who got stranded by high water in Nicholas County were rescued by the Keslers Cross Lanes Volunteer Fire Department, WCHS- TV reported.Roads in many areas were not passable after as much as 6 inches (15 cms) of rain had fallen in some areas by Thursday, and 1-3 more inches (7.5 cms) could fall, the National Weather Service said. People in low areas in Perry, Leslie and Clay counties were urged to seek higher ground after multiple swift water rescues were reported. Residents in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher or Perry counties who are searching for a loved one can call Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.The website for donations is now live at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

At least 15 people have died and hundreds are expected to lose their homes after torrential rains unleashed flash flooding and mudslides across eastern Kentucky.

There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across the mountainous region where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed told CNN Friday that the death toll is now at 15.

“It is devastating,” Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN before touring the disaster area. “Our number of Kentuckians we’ve lost is now at 15. I expect it to more than double. And it’s going to include some children.”

Beshear called it one of the worst, most devastating flooding events in Kentucky’s history.

“I do believe it will end up being one of the most significant deadly floods we have had in Kentucky in at least a very long time,” Beshear said.

He said the situation is dynamic and ongoing as most places are not seeing water recede with even more rain in the forecast.

The governor said there has been “massive property damage.”

“Hundreds will lose their homes and this is going to be another event that will take not months, but years to recover from,” Beshear said in the update.

Residents described the flooding and damage it caused to their homes.

“I’m 81 years old. I never saw a flood like this in my life,” resident Herold Riley said. “Watched my trailer, I couldn’t get to it and I saw it start moving, it washed down the creek. ”

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There are a number of people unaccounted for, Beshear said.

A state of emergency has been issued for the state. The state has activated the National Guard to use helicopters and trucks to help residents get to safety.

“They see a number of people in Breathitt County alone on the roof, even some people in trees, hanging on, waiting for rescue,” Beshear said.

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Flooding in eastern Kentucky

Beshear said they have also opened three state parks for those who lost their homes to take shelter.

“A lot of people waiting to be rescued, number of people unaccounted for, I’m nearly certain this is a situation where we are going to lose some of them,” Beshear said.

The governor stated he will be releasing locations for shelters, asking Kentuckians to help at shelters for water, cleaning supplies.

“I’m asking everyone to pray. There are a lot of people out there who need help and are very scared right now. And we’re doing the very best we can to reach each and every one of them,” Beshear said.

In hard-hit Perry County in eastern Kentucky, rescue crews worked throughout the night helping people who were stranded.

“It’s a catastrophic event,” said Perry County emergency management director Jerry Stacy, 54. “I’ve lived here in Perry County all my life and this is by the far the worst event I’ve ever seen.”

“We’re just in the rescue mode right now,” he said, speaking with The Associated Press by phone as he struggled to reach his office in Hazard Thursday morning. “Extreme flash flooding and mudslides are just everywhere.”

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Poweroutage.us reported more than 33,000 customers without electricity Friday in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, with the bulk of the outages in Kentucky.

At least six counties have declared local states of emergency: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Letcher, Owsley and Pike.

Eastern Kentucky’s Floyd County declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.

In West Virginia’s Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled people from flooded homes, and five campers who got stranded by high water in Nicholas County were rescued by the Keslers Cross Lanes Volunteer Fire Department, WCHS-TV reported.

Roads in many areas were not passable after as much as 6 inches (15 cms) of rain had fallen in some areas by Thursday, and 1-3 more inches (7.5 cms) could fall, the National Weather Service said. People in low areas in Perry, Leslie and Clay counties were urged to seek higher ground after multiple swift water rescues were reported.

Residents in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher or Perry counties who are searching for a loved one can call Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.

The website for donations is now live at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.

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