Due to the floods, the Kentucky River’s North Fork experienced an increase in water levels by 12 feet in 12 hours, reaching a high of 16.8 feet early Thursday morning, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The flooding was caused by “excessive rainfall” the night before, and in the early morning, the NWS said. The flood warning remains in place until 6:15 p.m., the agency said, advising residents to turn around when near flooded roads. “I also want to tell the people of Eastern Kentucky that we are going to be there for them. You are important and we want to help. This is what we do as Kentuckians – we help each other out,” Beshear said. “I expect double-digit deaths,” Beshear said, according to the New York Times. “That’s something that we rarely see.” The deceased, according to the governor, included an 81-year-old woman in Perry County, the Times reported. Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton and Beshear said that the National Guard was mobilized to help locals in need, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Rescue crews in Black Hawk helicopters were helping with rescuing people stuck on rooftops, Lamberton said at a news briefing, according to the Washington Post.
The floodwaters are devastating in Eastern Kentucky, and it is going to get worse over the next few days.Praying for our loved ones in the path of the flood. We will do all we can to help.pic.twitter.com/v0uKtW3YTX — Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) July 28, 2022
Beshear said authorities had opened the Pine Mountain, Buckhorn Lake and Jennie Wiley state parks for citizens who lost their homes. National Weather Service of Jackson meteorologist Dustin Jordan said that Cark Creek in Knott County witnessed 6.82 inches of rain in the last two days, 6.23 of which came in the last 24 hours, the Courier-Journal reported. In Perry County, rainfall went up to 7 inches in the past two days, while Prestonburg in Floyd County got 1.67 inches of rainfall, Jordan said. “This isn’t just a disaster; it’s an ongoing natural disaster,” Beshear said, according to the Washington Post. “We are in the midst of it, and for some places it will continue through tonight,” he continued. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
In pictures: Torrential rains have caused massive flooding in eastern Kentucky of US, leaving at least three people dead and many people stranded on rooftops pic.twitter.com/oQkSKhSORc— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) July 28, 2022