Image: Catastrophic flooding in Kentucky
Updated 10:35 PM ET, Sun July 31, 2022
Heavy rain has resulted widespread flooding in eastern Kentucky, and Governor Andy Beshear said the flooding would be “one of the deadliest deadly floods” in the state’s history.
At least 26 people had died on Sunday, Mr. Beshear said, with several still missing. Hundreds of people have lost everything they have.
Some areas around Hazard received more than 9 inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday morning, according to estimates by National Weather Service radar and local observers.
Rising floodwaters washed away bridges, knocked out power and sent some residents fleeing on their rooftops as water flooded their homes. Some families’ homes and cars were flooded or washed away entirely by the flooding, which has now been exacerbated by creeks and soil that has been permeable by continued rain.