Gov. Andy Beshear: Flooding Death Toll Rises to 30 In Eastern Kentucky

“This is going to be a huge challenge, with such a large area hit, to get good unaccounted for numbers, but you out there can help us,” Beshear said.

click to enlarge Extensive flooding in Eastern Kentucky captured during a flyover on July 29. - Photo: Courtesy of the Office of Governor Andy Beshear
Photo: Courtesy of the Office of Governor Andy Beshear
Extensive flooding in Eastern Kentucky captured during a flyover on July 29.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear provided a Monday morning update on rescue and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky, following historic flooding

The death toll rose to 30 after severe weather continued to devastate the region over the weekend. 

“If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Gov. Beshear said, noting that Floyd, Magoffin, Knott and Pike counties remain under a flash flood warning Monday morning. “There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas, and that is just not right. The most risk is on the northernmost point of the impacted areas, but it is very unstable.”

Deaths by county:

  • Breathitt County: 7
  • Clay County: 2
  • Knott County: 16, including 4 children
  • Letcher County: 2
  • Perry County: 3

In a press briefing on the morning of Thursday, July 28, Beshear declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard, which has three active search helicopters and around 15-20 “high-axle vehicles” that can travel through flood waters.

In an update on Friday, July 29, Beshear said that President Joe Biden ordered federal aid for 13 Kentucky counties, and that FEMA is currently on the ground.

Due to a high number of calls, an email portal has also been established. People can report a missing person to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your name (first, last)
  • Your phone number
  • Missing persons name (first, last)
  • Missing persons county of residence
  • Missing persons description (gender, age, race, etc.)
  • Missing persons home address and phone number (if known).

“This is going to be a huge challenge, with such a large area hit, to get good unaccounted for numbers, but you out there can help us,” Beshear said previously.

For those who want to donate, the governor has set up the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. As of Monday morning, the fund has raised $1,534,308.30.

This story originally was published by CityBeat sister newspaper LEO Weekly.




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