Parts of Kentucky received some 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours, and in places the waters of the rivers overflowed.
American rescuers are now going door to door to Locating victims of some of the worst devastating floods to hit Kentucky as rain resumed after a few hours of calm, the state's governor said Sunday.
< p class="e-p">Some mountainous areas in eastern Kentucky remain inaccessible after flooding that turned some roads into rivers, washed away bridges, swept away homes and killed at least 26 people, according to a new toll from officials.
< p class="e-p">Damage to mobile phone antennas complicated rescue efforts and made it impossible to estimate the number of dead and missing.
These floods are among the most devastating and deadly we have ever seen, Governor Andy Beshear said on NBC.
“And when we try to clear, it's raining!
—Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
We're going door to door trying to locate as many people as possible. We will even do it in the rain. But the weather complicates matters, he added.
Earlier, the Democratic governor tweeted that the death toll from torrential rains that battered the east of this rural state overnight Wednesday-Thursday had risen from 25 to 26.
< p class="e-p">We will be finding bodies for weeks, many of which will have been carried hundreds of meters, he said on NBC.
In the city of Jackson, in the center of the most heavily affected area, rescuers and volunteers gathered Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Walmart hypermarket before deploying.
Relief continues in Kentucky.
Some were handing out bottled water. A boat tied to a trailer was marked FEMA Rescue 4, a sign that rescuers from the US Disaster Management Agency were on site.
Under heavy clouds black harbingers of more rains, the streets were covered in a thick layer of mud.
The floods hit a region whose economy was already devastated by the decline from the mining industry, its main resource.
“They wiped out areas where people already had little left. . »
— Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
Parts of Kentucky received about 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours, and in some places the waters of the rivers suddenly rose several feet before get out of bed.
National Weather Services on Sunday announced a new risk of flooding in the central United States, including Kentucky.
The threat of flash flooding will worsen throughout the day with heavy showers and thunderstorms developing, they tweeted.
President Joe Biden has declared a state of natural disaster and released federal reinforcements to support areas affected by the storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides.< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Many of the bodies of victims were reportedly carried hundreds of meters away.
These floods are the most recent manifestations of the weather episodes events that are becoming more common with human-induced global warming.
In December, several dozen violent tornadoes ripped through five central U.S. states. nis, mostly western Kentucky, and claimed at least 79 lives.