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Deadly E. Kentucky Flooding: How to Help

Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear has confirmed at least 37 deaths in eastern Kentucky, including 4 children from the same family swept away by floodwaters. Based on number from the Kentucky State police there are 3 individuals still unaccounted for as of Wednesday morning. KSP performed over 1,000 wellness checks in the last week, reunited those unaccounted for with their families and friends.

The Governor’s office urges those who are missing family members to call THE NUMBERS BELOW PER COUNTY to report those missing you can also email ksppubaff@ky.gov. Be sure to have: your name, phone number in addition to the description, age, name, address of those who are missing. If it is busy, keep calling to report.

 

The National Guard units performed over 1,300 rescues in eastern Kentucky, with over 600 water rescues from KSP and more from KY Fish and Wildlife.

If you would like to help the victims, please visit the Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund setup by the state. President Joe Biden has authorized federal funds to help rebuild 13 counties in Eastern Kentucky. FEMA has released funds for individual assistance in 6 counties in eastern Kentucky too. If you have been impacted and need to apply for relief, please visit the Kentucky Governor’s Disaster Resources Page.

Our field correspondent Brandon Clement was on the ground early Thursday morning documenting the destruction from the flooding. He reports that first responders were completely overwhelmed by the need and calls for rescues. At one point, over 23,000 people were without power. Water is the bigger problem with some communities expected to be without running water for months. Roads and bridges are still in need of survey and repair, and crews continue to clear them of debris left behind.

 

 

If you would like to donate, please head to www.teamekyfloodrelieffund.ky.gov.

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