Ky. flooding death toll rises, more bodies recovered

Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 10:21 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) - Governor Andy Beshear confirmed the death toll has risen to at least 28, after devastating flooding in eastern Kentucky.

He says they do know of additional bodies that have been recovered, but they cannot confirm those deaths at this time.

15 of the deaths are reported in Knott County. Four of those deaths are children. The governor said the oldest was in second grade.

Six deaths are confirmed in Breathitt County, three in Perry County, two in Letcher County and two in Clay County.

“We have hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, hundreds of people displaced, but we are moving and moving fast,” said Beshear.

Beshear says the first travel trailers to help house people arrived in eastern Kentucky Saturday.

He said Jenny Wiley State Park in Floyd County is full, but the trailers are there to help increase capacity.

Crews are working to open Buckhorn State Park in Perry County.

“We want to make sure we wrap our arms around our eastern Kentucky brothers and sisters and make sure they are okay,” said Beshear.

Beshear warned more rain is coming, and will hit areas that were already flooded.

He’s warning people to stay vigilant and safe, and get to higher ground or go to a shelter if you live in a flood prone area.

Beshear says the number one need right now is water, and you can go to the state’s flood resource website to see where to send those donations.

“To all our folks that have been impacted, we’re going to be there for you today, tomorrow, next week, next year we’re not going anywhere we’re going to help you rebuild,” said Beshear.

For more resources, click the links below:

Showers, meals available at Floyd County schools

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Beshear is touring some of the flooded areas Sunday, along with Congressman Hal Rogers.

If your loved ones are still missing, you can email:

Or, you can call Kentucky State Police at one of the numbers below:

Reporting missing people in eastern Kentucky flooding
Reporting missing people in eastern Kentucky flooding(wsaz)

Governor Beshear says the National Guard has rescued more than 1,200 people by boat and by aircraft.

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