NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The number of individuals killed as a result of extensive and severe flooding in eastern Kentucky has increased to 26.
In an interview with “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said, “Our death toll right now is at 26, but I know of several additional bodies, and we know it’s going to climb with the amount of water.”
“We’ll be uncovering bodies for weeks. Many of them moved hundreds of yards or even up to half a mile from where they had become lost. There have only been just four kids so far, but I suspect there will be at least a few more.
It will “take some time to get a clear hold” on total numbers, according to Beshear, who added that cellphone connection remained “very poor” and that numerous state police posts were fielding calls from relatives still searching for lost loved ones.
The governor, who was visibly moved, told reporters at a press conference on Saturday that the fatalities were spread out throughout five counties, with some families losing practically all of their members.
Children in Kentucky die in historic floods after being swept away, according to a cousin.
He further added that, as opposed to the first claim of six children among the dead, it is now thought there were only four.
He said, observing that statistics would always change, “The original two children who were reported to us turned out to be adults.”
Teams supported by the National Guard carried out search and rescue operations on Friday. The governor said hundreds have already been saved.
Beshear observed the destruction on Friday from a helicopter. Due to dangerous conditions at the airport where he was scheduled to land, his initial intentions to tour the disaster region had been postponed.
Homes and cars have been entirely submerged during the deluge, forcing more than 330 people to seek shelter.
There are now 15 operational emergency shelters.
Roadways were also affected by mudslides, and Beshear reported that at least 28 state routes had portions obstructed.
On Saturday afternoon, more than 18,000 Kentucky residents were still without electricity.
The governor’s office also reported water disruptions, with systems in Jackson and Fleming-Neon not operating and more than 20 other systems operating only partially.
THE NUMBER OF FLOOD DEAD IN KENTUCKY HAS REACHED 16 AND WILL “GET A LOT HIGHER,” SAYS THE GOVERNOR.
Local states of emergency have been proclaimed in at least 14 counties and three cities.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell stated that the agency would bring whatever resources were required to support search and recovery activities after President Biden declared a federal disaster.
While some streams in eastern Kentucky were predicted to crest on Saturday, other areas received between 8 and 10.5 inches during the previous 48 hours.
According to a report from Jackson’s National Weather Service (NWS), the region will begin to dry out throughout the day on Saturday, but the dry weather is likely to end on Sunday afternoon.
According to scientists, climate change has increased the frequency of intense rain occurrences.
Additionally, Beshear forewarned on Saturday that Kentucky will become “very hot” the following week.
He previously remarked, “If youre able to hear us in Eastern Kentucky, we love you, and were going to make it.”