25 people declared dead in “the worst” flood in Kentucky history
By: Tina Wu
Recently, Kentucky encountered a devastating flood. 19 adults and six children were found with no pulse. Among the deceased children was a one-year-old and their three older siblings. Their mother and the father were later found alive.
Governor Andy Beshear expects the numbers of deaths to continue to rise. “There’s still a lot of people out there, still a lot of people unaccounted for. We’re going to do our best to find them all,” he said.
Large numbers of homes and businesses have been submerged in the flood water, causing President Joe Biden to take action. Biden announced the flood to be “a major disaster,” and apportioned federal aid to help rescue more citizens.
After touring the area from the air, Mr. Besher said that “Appalachia has had flash floods before, but not on this scale.”
“Folks who deal with this for a living, who have been doing it for 20 years, have never seen water this high,” he continued.
Some parts of Kentucky recorded more than eight inches of rain in the span of 24 hours.
Beshear also suggests that people to find a secure place to live, because there is more rain to come.
Bordering states such as Virginia and West Virginia also experienced flooding, and will also have high waves in rivers throughout the weekend.
It is still unclear how many people are dead or lost. 28 state roads have been destroyed or damaged.
On the other hand, at least 300 people have been already rescued by boats or helicopters. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency came on Friday to help with the rescue effort.
Scientists have concluded that climate change is partly to blame for many extreme weather events, like this flood.