Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear warned residents across the state that more rain and deaths are expected in the coming days.
According to Beshear, at least 28 people have died in the state as a result of the flooding. However, he noted that the actual figure is unconfirmed and could be greater.
Mountainous and hilly terrain made it more difficult and time-consuming for rescue workers to reach and survey the damage in the eastern Kentucky regions where significant flooding occurred. Beshear warned that it might take a few weeks before the whole list of victims is known and the death toll is known.
“We’ve got rain and maybe even a lot of rain that’s going to hit the same areas. Please pray for the people in these areas. And if you are in the areas that are going to get hit by rain, make sure you stay safe,” said Beshear.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood watch for a region of east central Kentucky as well as portions of north central Kentucky, northwest Kentucky, and south central Kentucky.
According to the NWS, rain might fall at a pace of 1 to 2 inches per hour, posing the risk of flash floods. The agency warned that “Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”
Data from PowerOutage.us revealed that at least 15,000 individuals were without electricity as of today. Water outages are also being caused by some of the power outages.
Kentucky’s website confirmed at least 22 water systems are operating with limited capacity as a result of power outages and storm damage.
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