Gov. Beshear tours flooding in eastern Kentucky; says at least 6 children dead

Gov. Beshear gave updates on massive flooding in eastern Kentucky on Friday, July 29.
Gov. Beshear gave updates on massive flooding in eastern Kentucky on Friday, July 29.(Source: Governor Beshear/YouTube)
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 8:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 1:49 PM CDT
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CHAVIES, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear toured massive flooding in eastern Kentucky by helicopter on Friday, July 29.

He held a briefing at 1 p.m.

Beshear said they do not have an official update at that time on additional deaths.

He said crews did find the bodies of four children, meaning there are at least six dead children from the flooding.

Gov. Beshear said during an earlier media briefing on Friday morning that the tour in Hazard had been delayed because of unsafe travel conditions.

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It continued to rain in areas hit by flash flooding.

Beshear also announced the death toll rose to 16, and it’s expected to go even higher.

Crews continue to search for those unaccounted for.

There is not a total number for the missing. Beshear said communication in this region is a challenge right now.

Poweroutage.us reported more than 33,000 customers remained without electricity Friday in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, with the bulk of the outages in Kentucky.

Beshear said President Biden has declared that a major disaster exists in the Kentucky and ordered federal aid to help with recovery efforts.

Damage assessments cannot begin in some locations. Flooding isn’t expected to crest until sometime on Saturday, but could become an issue again with more rain in the forecast next week.

Getting around will also become an issue because many roads and bridges are damaged.

Beshear said he is touched by many reaching out to help, including those who have gone through their own natural disasters.

The governor said Mayfield Mayor Kath O’Nan called to tell him Mayfield Fire Chief Jeremy Creason is headed to the affected areas with an ambulance and other equipment to help.

The fire department is still in the rebuilding process after it was hit by a powerful and deadly tornado on December 10, 2021.

Beshear is asking for the country to pray for those dealing going through this disaster.

The governor opened an online portal to donate to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, which can be found here.

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