Flash floods kill at least 16 in Kentucky: NPR

Water rescue crews travel to flooded Troublesome Creek Friday to rescue people who have been stranded since Wednesday night in Lost Creek, Ky.

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Water rescue crews travel to flooded Troublesome Creek Friday to rescue people who have been stranded since Wednesday night in Lost Creek, Ky.

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At least 16 people have died and the fate of many more is unknown after heavy rains caused severe flooding in eastern Kentucky and surrounding Appalachian communities. More rain is forecast, with flooding continuing into Friday night.

Homes, businesses and roads have been flooded and search and rescue efforts are underway after severe weather struck Kentucky and West Virginia and Virginia earlier this week.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that the disaster was “one of the worst, most devastating floods in Kentucky history.”

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

At least 12 counties and two cities in Kentucky have also declared individual states of emergency.

Beshear told The Associated Press that some of the victims were children, and that the death toll could more than double as emergency crews continued to search the area.

According to him, the lack of mobile communication and reliable forms of communication prevented the state from collecting a reliable number of those counted. Beshear estimates that about 300 people were rescued by plane or boat.

NPR’s Jeanine Herbst reports that the Kentucky River has crested 6 feet above its previous record high and won’t recede until Saturday.

Search and rescue teams with the support of the National Guard are still searching for the missing. Emergency crews managed to pull dozens of people out of the air.

WUKY’s Josh James informed hundreds of people are about to lose their homes, and recovery could take years in some parts of the state.

Ten shelters received more than 300 people.

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

Power outages continued into Friday for parts of Kentucky and Appalachian communities. About 33,000 people in the area lost power, according to PowerOutage.US.

Heavy rain is expected to continue across central and eastern Kentucky. According to information, some areas will remain under flood until 22:00 local time National Weather Service.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said emergency situation For six counties where flooding knocked down trees, knocked out power and blocked roads. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also declared a state of emergency for flooded areas in the southwestern part of the state.

“With more rain expected over the next few days, we want to move forward to provide as many resources as possible to help those affected.” Youngkin said.

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