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Flooding in Kentucky: the death toll could potentially double’ as people in affected areas remain hard get there, governor says

Gov. Andy Beshear lamented that the number of the death toll is “likely to rise” after what officials called unprecedented flooding. in in region.

“To each in Eastern Kentucky, we’ll be there for you today and in weeks, months and years ahead. We will get through this together,” Beshir said. in tweet on Saturday.

death Expected that rise in The coming days while rescuers are looking for new areas that currently impassable.

“That’s the type of flood that even area what sees the flood never seen in our lives,” Beshear told CNN after returning from the air tour. of flood in Breathitt County on Friday. “Hundreds of homes erased with nothing left.”

rescue work was also difficult due to power interruptions that continued into early Saturday with more than 18000 homes and businesses that remain in darkness, according to PowerOutage.us.

No exact score of how a lot of people remain missing in in aftermath like cellular out in many areas. “It will be very difficult to get good number,” the governor said.

Huge flood waters wash out homes in several counties, causing some residents to climb onto rooftops to escape in deadly flood. Officials believe thousands of people were affected by the hurricanes and efforts to rebuild it could take years in some areas, the governor said Friday.
“It’s devastating for us especially after the western part of our state survived the worst tornado we’ve ever seen just seven-odd half a few months ago,” Beshear told CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer, referring to series of tornadoes sweeping through Kentucky in December and left 74 people killed.

Clay Nickels and his wife Mackenzie spoke to CNN on Saturday from their home. car after them home in in city of neon, in Letcher County, was damaged two days ago.

“All of our family has been taken into account so far for but we have neighbors who no,” said Clay Nickles.

Nickles described Neon as close-knit community”like mayberry with Andy Griffith.

“Everyone, be they family or not, there like family- he said. – AT event like this is usually if one or two people go broke, everyone joins in to help. In this situation, everyone is devastated.”

Nickles said they would leave their car later help with cleanup efforts.

“It’s tough, but we’ll get through it,” Nickles said. “These people were fighters and mountain people there were many of heart.”

Deaths reported in Knott, Perry, Letcher and Clay counties. Fourteen people including four children have been confirmed dead Friday afternoon in Knott County, according to the county coroner. It wasn’t right away clear how this number affects the overall state score death losses.

Flooding in Kentucky: the death toll could potentially double’ as people in    affected areas remain hard    get there, governor says

Four children were siblings, according to their aunt Brandi Smith, who said family mobile home became stunned with flood waters and forced family jump on the roof for safety. She is added that her sister Amber and her partner were trying to save their children but they couldn’t.

“They kept on them. The water got so strong just washed them away,” Smith told CNN.

Eastern Kentucky is expected to get some relief from Saturday’s heavy rain. Rain possible from Sunday to Monday when there is a small risk of heavy rain over in regionThis is reported by the Weather Forecasting Center. Affected areas may include eastern Tennessee and the Appalachians. of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Floyd County was under water after heavy rain on Thursday.Floyd County was under water after heavy rain on Thursday.

The whole church is gone

city of Danger in in southeastern Kentucky there were seven of its nine bridges are impassable, “unheard of of”A number,” Mayor Donald “Lucky” Mobelini said Friday morning.

Among the worn out buildings out include two-story church, pastor Peter Youmans told CNN on Friday.

“All you see is scraps of cement,” Youmans said. of his Davidson Baptist Church and witnessed the flood also wiping out a house near, nearby.

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“The rain started like this hard that he was clearly approaching up to the parking lot,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. up in our house. That’s when I realized what it really is bad because there never was in our house before. It was about a foot.”

BUT small stream in front of Youmans house is about 8 or 10 feet wide and usually less than 6 inches deep, but trailers were moving down stream, he said.

Parishioners, as a rule, helped the church at the same time. like it but they ‘care of them problems right now,” he said.

“And some of they in as bad or worse shape than we in- he said. – We just grateful that house did not have destroyed with my grandchildren in It.”

‘I’m still fine of injured’

Meanwhile, Joseph Palumbo in Perry County struggling get to him home after another house washed up up on the road on in way blocking access.

“We walk by the end of our driveway, and there’s a whole double trailer that crashed into our bridge,” Palumbo told CNN on Friday. house for decades, he said.

BUT house washed away by flood waters in Kentucky.
BUT house washed away by flood waters in Kentucky.

“I’m still like of injured because never in in my life i saw something like this,” said Palumbo.

And because the trailer has landed on a small bridge over creek, he and his girlfriend Danielle Langdon don’t have way of walking around it.

“We rise up ladder climbing the tin roof, dirt everywhere,” said Palumbo. first day, we slide on a tin roof to get to another side.”

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Resident of in destroyed home wasn’t inside at the time of flood and made it’s through the storm unharmed.

“I have friends I haven’t seen in years of achievement out me,” said Palumbo. – It’s nice to see how way people help each other.”

Not less than 75% of Perry County suffered significant damage homes and bridges, District Judge Scott Alexander told CNN. on Thursday.

“This is a historic storm we’ve faced, I don’t think we’ve ever seen this much rain. in 24 hour period and it’s devastated communityAlexander said. — People have lost their homes, cars, this just unusual event.”

CNN’s Raja Razek, Amy Simonson, Derek Van Dam, Joe Jones, Caroll Alvarado, Amanda Musa, Claudia Dominguez, Elizabeth Wolfe, Teresa Waldrop and Lauren Lee contributed to this report.

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