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Video shows 83-year-old woman rescued from waterlogged eastern Kentucky roof


Dramatic video from waterlogged eastern Kentucky shows a person being rescued by a helicopter from a rooftop peeking out over floodwaters.

The only parts of the houses that could be seen in the video, posted to Facebook by the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team, were the roofs.

The post said a team from Wolfe County Swift Water broke through the window of one of the homes to get to a family trapped inside. The crew took the family to the roof, where a helicopter crew hoisted them to safety. The video shows an 83-year-old woman being rescued.

A Perry County school bus sits in a creek Sunday near Jackson, Ky. Seth Herald/AFP-Getty Images

The National Guard has performed more than 1,000 airlift rescues in eastern Kentucky following devastating flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday.

The governor announced Monday that at least 30 people had died. He has repeatedly said the death toll is expected to rise as dozens of people remain missing.

Video shows 83-year-old woman rescued from waterlogged eastern Kentucky roof
Debris surrounds a damaged home near Jackson, Ky., on Sunday. Seth Herald/AFP-Getty Images

Beshear, who visited some of the hardest hit areas on Sunday, said the floods were “certainly the deadliest and most devastating of my life”.

“I mean, houses swept away for miles. They don’t know where parts of people’s houses are,” Beshear said.

The governor said crews were still in search-and-rescue mode, hoping to find those who might be missing because they’re trapped or because they don’t have cell phone service.

More than 12,000 people in the state remain without power, up from double that, he said.

Video shows 83-year-old woman rescued from waterlogged eastern Kentucky roof

More flash flooding was possible in parts of Appalachia on Monday as the latest storms unfolded, the National Weather Service said. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour were possible in some of the same areas that were flooded last week.

A dozen shelters were open for flood victims in Kentucky with 388 occupants on Sunday, according to FEMA.

FEMA announced on Friday that President Joe Biden had issued a major disaster declaration, making federal aid available to the state.

On Saturday, Biden said he added individual assistance to that statement with the help of additional assistance to displaced families.

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