NKY crews dispatched to eastern Kentucky in flooding rescue effort

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Crews from all over Northern Kentucky were dispatched to eastern Kentucky late Thursday to assist with the rescue effort after historic flooding has killed at least 16 people.

Covington firefighters, along with the Northern Kentucky All-Hazards Incident Management Team and the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team, left the area Thursday night and began working at 8 a.m. Friday.

“Whatever it takes, whatever the situation demands – they’re just there to help people,” said Covington Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Bloemer.

Gov. Andy Beshear issued a state of emergency Thursday in response to the flooding. More rain is expected this weekend, according to LEX18.

At least 16 people have died, including two children, according to LEX18. Over 330 people are in shelters right now and at least 294 people have been rescued. About 24,000 people are without power and portions of at least 28 roads in Kentucky are blocked.

President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for the Kentucky counties affected by the flooding, LEX18 reported. They’re now working on a request for individual assistance and are working with FEMA.

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