This will prove to be the worst floods in recent history, devastating and deadlyGovernor Andy Beshear said, as the number of missing is unknown and heavy rain is expected through Friday.
So far, I believe I can confirm at least eight deaths, but that figure seems to be increasing hour by hour., he added. He says he expects a full death toll
In the Jackson area, some roads have become rivers, with abandoned cars here and there. At the bottom of these small valleys surrounded by forests, the land was flooded Thursday with light brown muddy water that only left the roofs of buildings and trees protruding in some places.
In these conditions, many residents took refuge on the roofs of their houses, waiting to be rescued.
Between 20 and 30 were evacuated by air, Beshear told a local television station late Thursday.
With human-induced global warming, the atmosphere contains more water vapour, increasing the chance of heavy rainfall events, scientists say. These rains, associated with other factors, linked in particular to land development, promote flooding.
Parts of Kentucky received some 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours. Significant new rainfall is expected until Friday evening, and the flood alert has been maintained.
The Democratic governor declared a state of emergency in a handful of counties, and four National Guard helicopters, along with rigid inflatable boats, were deployed to help with relief operations.
Near Jackson, rescue workers were evacuating residents wearing life jackets in a small boat from an area where the Kentucky River has largely burst its banks, flooding many homes several feet deep. ‘water.
A little further on, a couple were trying to salvage what they could of their flood-inhabited house by piling furniture into a large van.
The number of missing persons is not known, because
we still can’t access some places due to strong currents, the governor said.
Many people need helpthe governor had said earlier.
And we do our best to reach each of them.
the situation is difficulthe admitted.
Hundreds of people are going to lose their homes, and this is going to be a new event requiring not months, but probably years before families rebuild and recover.
Some 25,000 people in the state were without power Thursday, some without running water, he said.
President Joe Biden has been kept informed of the situation, his spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said. The head of the US Disaster Management Agency (FEMA), Deanne Criswell, is due to go there on Friday.