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At least 28 dead in devastating Kentucky floods, with more expected, governor says


The death toll in the devastating floods that hit eastern Kentucky continues to rise as more rain threatens the region, officials say.

A total of 28 people have been confirmed dead, but that number is expected to rise further, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Sunday afternoon. The death toll includes at least four children, Beshear said on Saturday.

“We know that other bodies have been found but we cannot confirm these deaths at this time,” Beshear said in recorded video posted online.

Beshear described “widespread damage” that displaced thousands of people, including power outages for thousands as well as washed out roads, destroyed homes and flooded schools. Beshear is expected to visit some of the flood-affected areas on Sunday.

Engine House No. 10 firefighters help a group of adults and students off a bus that got stuck in rising water in St. Louis, Ky., July 28, 2022.

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More rain is expected in the area on Sunday and Monday as search and rescue teams continue to search for missing people. The additional rainfall could potentially push water levels up again, with 2 to 4 inches of rain possible in the same area that saw the catastrophic flooding that began with heavy rains on Wednesday.

More than 600 people have been rescued by plane and boat since the flooding began, Beshear said.

At least 28 dead in devastating Kentucky floods, with more expected, governor says

Homes and structures are flooded near Quicksand, Ky., July 28, 2022.

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The destruction in Kentucky is the latest extreme flooding to occur in the United States in less than a week.

Heavy downpours caused flash flooding in Las Vegas on Friday, with water rising on roads and parking lots in busy Sin City neighborhoods.

The mega-drought made the soil in the area so dry that it could not absorb the heavy rains, which contributed to the flooding.

Earlier in the week, a flash flooding emergency occurred near St. Louis, which recorded a record 8.56 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. A person was found dead in a car on Tuesday after the water began to recede, officials said.

At least 28 dead in devastating Kentucky floods, with more expected, governor says

A man helps two people through floodwaters after their car got stuck in St. Louis, Missouri on July 28, 2022.

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Kentucky is working to create shelters, Beshear said, asking those who want to help to donate cleaning supplies or water. Last week, President Joe Biden endorsed a declaration of disaster.

“Let’s wrap our arms around Eastern Kentucky and pray for those affected,” Beshear said.

ABC News’ Matt Foster, Kenton Gewecke and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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