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US News United States: Kentucky affected by deadly floods

02:10  30 july  2022
02:10  30 july  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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at least 16 people died in the "worst" floods in the history of Kentucky and the balance sheet could still double, the rains did not stop Friday, July 29, July 29, to fall on this rural state of the center of the United States.

Torrential rains fell on the eastern Kentucky on the night of Wednesday to Thursday July 28, transforming certain roads into rivers and forcing residents to take refuge on the roof of their houses while waiting for help. Others found themselves trapped by the rise of waters or swept away by the waves in their vehicles.

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The balance sheet is "appalling," said Governor Andy Beshear. "We now have 16 confirmed deaths, and this number will still grow considerably," said the elected democrat at a press conference.

Four brothers and sisters, aged a year and a half to eight, were swept away by the waters, when they had taken refuge at the top of a tree with their parents. The bodies of two of them were found and two remain missing, according to the local newspaper Lexington Herald Leader. An 82 -year -old woman also drowned while trying to take shelter, according to the authorities.

In the most affected places, houses have been overwhelmed, the lightest torn from the ground. "Hundreds of people have lost everything" and it will take at least a year to rebuild, "said Andy Beshear.

In the meantime, the emergency services, supported by reinforcements sent by neighboring states, are all mobilized to help victims. About fifty aerial rescues, with helicopters from the National Guard, and hundreds of resumes by boat have already taken place, according to the governor. "But there is so much water, the currents are so strong that we cannot reach everyone," he deplored.

President Joe Biden decreed the state of "natural disaster" and unlocked federal reinforcements to support the areas affected by "storm, floods, landslides and mudslides". Significant precipitation is expected until Friday evening, and the flood alert was maintained.

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