Flood toll rises in Kentucky, where more thunderstorms are expected

Flood toll rises in Kentucky, where more storms are expected

Torrential rains that battered Kentucky and caused flooding have claimed at least 30 lives, according to a provisional toll, but hundreds of people are still missing.

D& #x27;Other thunderstorms battered already flooded areas of this mountainous region of Appalachia, USA, where at least 30 people have already lost their lives and rescuers found more bodies on Monday.

Hundreds of people are still missing and the death toll will rise to 30, Governor Andy Beshear warned, adding that victims who have been found have not yet been added to the tally. /p>

More than 12,000 customers remain without power, often because their homes or businesses have been destroyed or are now uninhabitable. Shelters accommodate at least 300 victims.

Flooding swept through last week when about 10 inches of rain fell in just 48 hours across portions of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and western Virginia.< /p> Start of widget. Skip widget?End of widget. Back to top of widget?

Weather radars indicate about four inches of rain fell on Sunday, and the U.S. National Weather Service has warned that downpours and thunderstorms rolling slowly over the region could cause further flash flooding. by Tuesday morning.

As if things weren't bad enough for people in that area, it's raining on them right now, Beshear said Monday. High winds are just as worrying, think how saturated the ground is, it could rip poles off, it could uproot trees, so people have to be careful. And it's gonna be even worse when the rain stops. It will be very hot, and we have to make sure that people will be back on their feet at that time.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear meets with residents of Knott County, where a nighttime curfew has been imposed due to “excessive looting”.

Mr. Beshear visited the disaster area on Sunday. He was glad to see neighbors helping each other.

“They are amazing people. They suffer, but they are strong. It's amazing to see them helping each other, even when they've lost everything. »

— Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

National Guard leader General Daniel Hokanson told The Associated Press on Sunday that approximately 400 people were rescued by helicopter. He felt that the rescuers' response was going really well, given the circumstances.

Nightly curfews were imposed in response to possible acts of looting in two devastated communities, Breathitt County and the nearby town of Hindman, Knott County.

A curfew was imposed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in Breathitt County. Only emergency vehicles, first aiders and people traveling to work are exempt.

A truck drives on a flooded road in Breathitt County, Kentucky. More rain is forecast, and the flood toll could rise further.

In Hindman, a curfew is in effect between sunset and sunrise, according to the local press, due to excessive looting.

President Joe Biden declared a federal disaster last week to release emergency funds for flooded counties. Officials from the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency were also dispatched to the scene.

Elsewhere, roads that provide access to Death Valley National Park were closed after being inundated by flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona.

The US National Weather Service reports that 2, 5 centimeters of rain fell in 15 minutes on Sunday near Kingman, Arizona, near the California border.

Roads were also damaged in the southern California, near the Mojave National Preserve, and motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

In the mountainous region east of Los Angeles, on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, roads were blocked by mudslides that washed away trees and rocks near the town of Yucaipa.

New thunderstorms were possible on Monday.

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