Eastern Kentucky floods – live: Governor warns ‘this isn’t over’ as death toll reaches 16

Flash floods devastate Kentucky

At least 16 people have been killed in torrential flooding in eastern Kentucky, after intense rain inundated many corners of the Appalachian mountain region.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency, and called it the “worst flooding disaster” in his lifetime.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams continue to search through flooded areas. Floods began overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, but rains continued Thursday night and into Friday.

Thouands of people were out of power, and people have been reported waiting on roofs or in trees for rescue. The Kentucky National Guard, as well as state and local officials, were working on rescue operations.

Flash floods like this are likely to become more common in many parts of the United States as the climate crisis grows, a recent study found.

As the planet gets warmer, rainstorms can become more intense, dumping vastly more water in a short period of time.

Intense flash floods also struck earlier this week in and around St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, massive floods swept through Yellowstone National Park earlier this summer.

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<p>April Stivers was airlifted from her home in Lost Creek, Kentucky after her partner busted a hole in the roof to escape</p>

April Stivers was airlifted from her home in Lost Creek, Kentucky after her partner busted a hole in the roof to escape

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Flooding also hits Las Vegas

A flash flood struck in Las Vegas, Nevada last night, bringing rushing water to the Las Vegas Strip

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Rain will continue this week

Up to three more inches of rain is expected over the next week in part of eastern Kentucky, which brings continued flood risk as conditions remain wet

<p>Seven-day rainfall potential, showing up to four inches in part of the country</p>

Seven-day rainfall potential, showing up to four inches in part of the country

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Flood warnings still active

Flood watches, warnings and advisories are still in effect for parts of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee as the forecast calls for more in the next few days

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The North Fork Kentucky River in Whitesburg, Kentucky reached “major flooding” status on Thursday, shattering the record high with over 20 feet of water

<p>The North Fork Kentucky River flood gauge showed record high water levels</p>

The North Fork Kentucky River flood gauge showed record high water levels

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This kind of flooding, being so high, is hard to prevent, the governor said

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Perry County is still trying to figure out how many bridges they’ve lost, Governor Beshear said

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Currently there is no reliable number of the people unaccounted for, in large part due to spotty communication in many of these areas, the governor said

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“This isn’t over,” Governor Beshear said. The water won’t crest in some areas until tomorrow, he noted, and rain is going to continue this weekend and into next week.

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Many people are still unaccounted for, FEMA Administrator Criswell said


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