Death toll at 28, cleanup continues after historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky

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Written by Ben Branscum, digital content producer at LEX18

At a press conference on Sunday night in Whitesburg, Gov. Andy Beshear reported that the death toll has risen to 28 Kentuckians who died in the floods.

Beshear broke down the deaths by county.

  • Knott County – 15 deaths
  • Breathitt County – 6 deaths
  • Perry County – 3 deaths
  • Letcher and Clay Counties – 2 deaths

Beshear said he expects to there to be more deaths.

“We are committed to the people in Eastern Kentucky,” Beshear said in his press conference. He also confirmed that “over 100 travel trailers” and heading to Eastern Kentucky now to help give housing to people.

“We wake up, and we see neighbors on their roofs. We have no cellphone signal, no Wi-Fi signal, and within a quarter-mile, I can’t get anywhere cause there’s just water completely covering both sides of the road,” said Kentucky State Representative Angie Hatton as she talked about waking up to the flooding.

“There are pictures of pontoon boats going up to to these windows and rescuing people out of upper story windows,” she added.

FEMA announced that renters and homeowners who were affected by the severe storms, flooding, and mudslides can apply for disaster assistance as of July 26th.

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