Ky Gov. | Flooding deaths increase to 37; toll expected to rise

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday it's expected to get 'dangerously hot' in areas still without power. (Source: Kentucky Governor's Office/CNN)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 9:36 AM EDT
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UPDATE 8/1/22 @ 6:45 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky (WSAZ) – The death toll as a result of flooding in Eastern Kentucky has grown to 37, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced early Monday evening.

“Please pray for families and for those who are missing,” Beshear said.

There have been 37 confirmed fatalities in five counties: eight in Breathitt; two in Clay; 17 in Knott (13 adults and four children; children are from the same family); three in Letcher; and seven in Perry).

Yesterday morning, the Governor sent a request to FEMA asking for additional counties to be approved for Individual Assistance. Following this morning’s press conference, the Governor posted to social media announcing that the President approved Individual Assistance for Pike and Floyd counties. Now, the total counties approved include Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike.

Gov. Beshear is visiting three eastern Kentucky counties Tuesday, Pike, Floyd and Breathitt.

There are 11 emergency shelters active, assisting 429 people. Please visit our Flood Resources page for a full list of locations and addresses.

In addition, a total of 191 people are temporarily housed at Kentucky State Parks.

  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has a total of 145 people occupying rooms, cottages, and the campground. Rooms are fully booked, but campground space is available.
  • Four people are staying in one camper at the Paintsville State Park Campground.
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park has a total of five people temporary housed and has five rooms available.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park’s power has been restored, and now has running water. Teams are working on phone and internet services. The park has 37 people occupying rooms and 27 rooms and three cottages are available.

There are 25 travel trailers at Jenny Wiley State Park, 17 at the Knott County Sportsplex and four at Carr Creek in Knott County.

If you have been impacted by the recent flash floods, please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced Floyd and Pike counties were approved for Individual Assistance by FEMA.

Pike, Floyd counties approved for individual assistance by FEMA

Currently, renters in the approved counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

When applying for assistance, it’s important to have some critical information in hand:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted;
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
  • Your Social Security number;
  • A general list of damage and losses;
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.

The Governor also announced the opening of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mobile Registration Centers where eligible Kentuckians can sign up for Individual Assistance. There is one location in each of the following counties: Knott, Breathitt, Letcher, Clay and Perry.

  • Breathitt County – 421 Jett Drive, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Clay County – Clay Community Center – 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962
  • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
  • Letcher County – Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858
  • Perry County – Hazard Community and Technical College – 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

Hours for all the centers are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

FEMA representatives will be at the centers to help with applications for federal assistance and provide information about other disaster recovery resources.

You can donate to the Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund >>> HERE.

Right now that fund sits at $2,368,728.47 with 17,925 donations to date.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

FRANKFORT, Ky (WSAZ) – The death toll as a result of flooding in Eastern Kentucky has grown to 30, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday morning during a press briefing.

Gov. Beshear said officials are still in emergency response mode following flash flooding on July 26 as rescuers continue to search for missing people.

The governor said they do know of additional bodies that have been recovered, but they cannot confirm those deaths at this time.

Deaths by county are as follows:

  • Breathitt County: 7
  • Clay County: 2
  • Knott County: 16, including 4 children
  • Letcher County: 2
  • Perry County: 3

Beshear said the number of missing is in the hundreds.

WATCH: Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team, Kentucky Guards save 5 from flooding home

Below are numbers to report a missing person after the flash flooding:

Citizens who have missing or unaccounted for family members, contact the KSP post associated...
Citizens who have missing or unaccounted for family members, contact the KSP post associated with their county.(Gov Beshear's Office)

You can also report a missing loved one by sending an email to ksppubaff@ky.gov and include the following information:

  • Your name (first, last)
  • Your phone number
  • Missing loved ones name (first, last)
  • Missing loved ones county of residence
  • Missing loved ones description (gender, age, race, etc.)
  • Missing loved ones home address, and phone number (if known).

Drone footage shows disastrous flooding in eastern Kentucky

Travel trailers are being delivered and connected to utilities for emergency sheltering. Twenty-five travel trailers have been delivered to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County. And between two areas in Knott County, 25 more are being set up, Gov. Beshear said.

Shelter sites can be found HERE.

Now, more rainfall is in the forecast, threatening some of the hardest-hit communities.

A flood watch is in effect through at least Monday morning for parts of southern and eastern Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service, and there is a Level 3 of 4 moderate risk for excessive rainfall Sunday across southeastern Kentucky, per the Weather Prediction Center, escalating the concern of additional flooding.

“If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” Gov. Beshear said, noting that Floyd, Magoffin, Knott and Pike counties remain under a flash flood warning Monday morning. “There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas, and that is just not right. The most risk is on the northernmost point of the impacted areas, but it is very unstable.”

More than 12,000 people are without power.

As of 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, there have been 12,035 donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, totaling $1,534,308.30.

To donation, tap the link below:

TEAM EASTERN KENTUCKY FLOOD RELIEF FOOD

Monday, the Governor is sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking for the other impacted areas – Floyd, Johnson, Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley and Pike counties – to be eligible for individual disaster assistance.

The Governor said he fully expects more counties to be added as was the process during the December tornadoes.

FEMA has already announced that renters and homeowners of Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance.

For the approved counties, applications can be filed online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To learn more, see the full release.

The Governor said it will be important when applying for assistance to have critical information in hand, including:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted;
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
  • Your Social Security number;
  • A general list of damage and losses;
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or company name.

Survivors with homeowners, renters or flood insurance should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

“FEMA folks are on the way. In these counties, what we’ve asked for, is folks who can go door to door to help our people. Also, a set location where people can come in and access all the services they need in one place.” Gov. Beshear said. “Don’t give up. We want to make sure everyone who can qualify, does qualify.”

Gov. Beshear announced today that he is ordering flags at all state buildings to fly at half-staff for one week (ending Aug. 8) in honor of the victims of the Eastern Kentucky floods.

“I encourage businesses, individuals and organizations throughout Kentucky to do the same,” the Governor said. “Let’s make sure we’re recognizing the loss our people have been through.”

He said he would also be lighting the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion green.

“Green is the color of compassion, and just like we did during COVID, we’re showing compassion for those lost during this devastating flood,” Gov. Beshear said.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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