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Some Appalachians begin cleaning after deadly floods

PRESTONBURG, Kentucky (AP) – some residents of The Appalachians are back flood- devastated homes and communities on Saturday to shovel dirt and debris and collect whatever they can while the governor of Kentucky said search and rescue operations continue. in in region a few days ago were flooded by heavy rains, which led to deadly flash flood.

Rescuers continue to work struggle get inside hard-hit areas, some of them among the poorest places in America. Dozens of deaths have been confirmed and the number is expected to rise.

In tiny community of Weiland, Philip Michael Caudill worked Saturday to clean up the wreckage and recover what he could from home he shares with his wife and three children. The waters receded house but left mess behind together with questions about what he and his family I will do next.

“We just hope we can get some helpCodill said. who will reside with his family at Jenny Wylie State Park in a free room, for currently.

Caudill, firefighter in the neighboring garrett community walked out on saves around 1am Thursday but had to be asked to leave around 3am so he can leave home where the waters are fast rising.

“This is what made it is so hard for me,” he said. “Here I sit, looking at my house dive in water and you have people begging for help. And I couldn’t help”because he took care of his own family.

The water was up kneel when he arrived home and he had to wade through yard and carry two of his children out to car. He could hardly shut Door of his SUV as they left.

In Garrett on Saturday, flood-soaked sofas, tables and cushions were stacked. in yards along the foothills of mountain region as people worked to clear out debris and dirt are shoveled off the roadway and roads under an already blue sky.

Hubert Thomas, 60, and his nephew Harvey, 37, fled to Jenny Wylie State Resort Park. in Prestonburg after the flood destroyed them home in Pine Top late Wednesday night. These two were able to save their dogCJ, but beware of damage to home not repairable. Hubert Thomas, a retired miner, said all his savings were invested in his home.

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“I have nothing now,” he said.

Harvey Thomas, ER doctor, said he fell asleep sound of light rain, and soon his uncle woke him up up warning him that the water was dangerously close to house.

“It got inside, and it just it got worse, he said.like was, in one point, we looked at the front door and both my car and his were playing car bumper, like bumper boats in middle of our front yard”.

As for what is next Harvey Thomas said he didn’t know but he is grateful to be alive.

“Mountain people strong,” he said. “As well as like I said it won’t be tomorrow, probably not. next month, but I think everything will be fine. it just It will be a long process.”

there are at least 25 people died – including four children — in flooding, the Kentucky governor said Saturday.

“We keep on praying for families who have suffered an immeasurable loss,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Some have lost almost all in their household.”

Beshear said the number is most likely rise significantly, and finding all the victims could take several weeks. of in record flash flood. Crews have made more According to the governor, more than 1,200 people were rescued from helicopters and boats.

“I’m worried that we’re going to find bodies for coming weeks,” Beshear said during a midday briefing.

Let it rain up early friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received 8 to 10 1/2 inches (20 to 27 centimeters) over 48 hours. But some waterways were not expected to peak until Saturday. About 18,000 housing and public utilities subscribers in Kentucky was left without power Saturday, power outage.us reported.

it latest in line of catastrophic floods which have clogged parts of USA this summer, including St. Louis earlier this week and again on Friday. Scientists warn of climate change does weather disasters more common.

When the rains hit Appalachia this week, the water dropped. down over hillsides and into valleys and ravines, where brooks and brooks swelled, flowing through small cities. The stream has swallowed homes and businesses and smashed vehicles. Landslides landed some people on Steep slopes.

President Joe Biden Declares a Federal Disaster for Relief money to more than a dozen counties in Kentucky.

flood extended to western Virginia and southern West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice announced the state of emergency for six counties in West Virginia where the flood downed the trees power traffic jams and blocked roads. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also made declaration of emergency allowing officials to mobilize resources in the flooded southwest of state.

The flood came two days after record the rains around St. Louis have fallen more than 12 inches (31 centimeters) and killed at least two people. Last month, heavy rain on mountain snow in Yellowstone National Park triggered historic flood and evacuation of more than 10,000 people. In both cases, rain floods far exceeded weather forecasts.

extreme rain events became more common how climate change bakes the planet and changes weather models, according to scientists. it’s growing challenge for officials during natural disasters because models used to predict the impact of a storm. in part based on past events and I can’t hold up with increasingly destructive flash floods and heat waves like those that are recent hit Pacific Northwest and Southern Plains.

“It battle of extremes on right now in United States,” said the University of Oklahoma meteorologist Jason Furtado. “This is what we expect, because of changing of the climate. … warmer atmosphere more water vapor, which means you can increase the amount of heavy rainfall.”


AP journalist Patrick Orzagos contributed to this report.

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