Flooding Kills at Least 16 in Rural Kentucky
Appalachian floods have killed at least 16 people in Kentucky, and the death toll is expected to rise.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that although floods in eastern Kentucky aren't uncommon, "we've never seen something like this." Beshear said children and entire families are expected to be among the dead. High-speed floods destroyed homes and bridges and swept cars away, and rescue teams supported by the National Guard are working to reach victims in rural, difficult-to-access areas. The governor said more rain Friday may exacerbate the floods, and that fully rebuilding the hardest-hit areas will likely take over a year. Elsewhere across the U.S. on Thursday, severe floods also hit Nevada, Missouri and Arizona.
The floods were top news across the political spectrum Friday, especially from left- and center-rated sources, some of which tied the floods to climate change. Updated 7/29/22 at 3:15pm ET with new death toll.
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The death toll from catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky has reached 15 people.
Gov. Andy Beshear told The Associated Press on Friday that the number is expected to more than double and would "include some children."
Search and rescue teams backed by the National Guard looked tirelessly for missing people – in helicopters and boats – and Beshear noted that determining the number of people who remain unaccounted for is "tough."
Over 200 have sought shelter and more than 23,000 Kentucky residents were still without power.
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Search and rescue teams backed by the National Guard searched Friday for people missing in record floods that wiped out entire communities in some of the poorest places in America. Kentucky’s governor said 15 people have died, a toll he expected to grow as the rain keeps falling.
“We’ve still got a lot of searching to do,” said Jerry Stacy, the emergency management director in Kentucky ’s hard-hit Perry County. “We still have missing people.”
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At least 15 people are dead following catastrophic flooding in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN Friday. That number is expected to double, he said, and will include children.
"There's going to be multiple families that we've lost," Beshear told Brianna Keilar on CNN's "New Day." "Kids that won't get the opportunity to grow up and experience so much that we have."
"This is so deadly, and it hit so hard, and it hit in the middle of the night," the governor said, adding that although eastern Kentucky often floods, "we've never...