The search for missing persons continues in Kentucky following flooding. So far, at least 37 deaths have been recorded; however, the rains and the collapse of bridges and other infrastructure make it difficult to access areas that remain isolated, so the number of victims is expected to increase in the coming hours. More than 1,200 people are without power and Governor Andy Beshear also reported a few hours ago that there are a series of complex storms moving through the eastern region of the state.
If you need to report a missing person in the flooded areas in Eastern Kentucky, please contact the local @KyStatePolice posts listed below. pic.twitter.com/STau0ru5gM
- Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) August 1, 2022
Four children have been counted among the dead, Beshear told a press conference on Sunday.
In Perry County, as many as 50 bridges are damaged and impassable, according to County Judge Scott Alexander.
Temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days, which will make the situation more complicated.
The governor has asked for help via Twitter to raise funds to help those affected.
Meanwhile, State Police continue to search for missing residents in several counties and are asking families to inform authorities if their loved ones are unaccounted for.
The flooding that has hit Eastern Kentucky is absolutely devastating and there is even more rain expected. Like the tornadoes, helping our families rebuild and recover is going to be a long, hard process. If you can, donate at https://t.co/5xzGiFA3XE to help those impacted.
- Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) July 28, 2022