Gov. Beshear gives update on flood response in eastern Ky.
EASTERN Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave an update on flood response in eastern Kentucky.
“One of the main things that we’re doing today, because we have moved past the initial search and rescue phase and because we are worried about weather coming up, is wellness checks,” the governor said. “There are a lot of people who may be stranded in their home because their private bridge has been wiped out – so there will be a lot of wellness checks underway.”
As of Friday, the death toll remains at 37 people in five counties:
- 8 in Breathitt
- 2 in Clay
- 17 in Knott (13 adults and 4 children. The children are from the same family).
- 3 in Letcher
- 7 in Perry
Kentucky State Police reports there are two missing persons still being searched for in relation to the flooding. This number is fluid and reflects only reports made to KSP.
Slow-moving thunderstorms could lead to heavy rainfall and isolated scattered instances of flash flooding in eastern Kentucky today and Saturday. More rain is forecast through next week.
“The ground is already really saturated, and there’s a lot of debris that could cause clogging of waterways that can lead to flooding,” Governor Beshear said. “If we have significant wind, this could lead to some damage. So everybody be weather aware tonight and into Saturday.”
According to the governor’s office, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has deemed 25 bridges to be impassable, up from 23 on Thursday. They said this number can fluctuate as inspections continue. So far, 91 percent of the 1,100 bridges in the flood area have been inspected. State crews are beginning to concentrate on county roads, as all state roads are now open.
On Monday, Aug. 8, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to eastern Kentucky, where they will join the governor and First Lady Britainy Beshear to visit families affected by the devastation from recent flooding and survey recovery efforts at a local Federal Emergency Management Agency State Disaster Recovery Center.
The governor was originally going to tour Pike and Letcher Counties on Friday morning, August 5. That was canceled due to unsafe travel conditions.
Instead, he held a news briefing on flood conditions and the state’s response from the state capitol.
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