President Issues Kentucky Flooding Emergency Declaration

At least 30 have been reported deceased, so far. 

UPDATE: 08/01/2022

Governor Andy Beshear stated Monday there are a “minimum” of hundreds unaccounted for as flooding has deluged communities and washed away bridges in Kentucky. At this point, 30 people have been confirmed dead.

“We just don’t have a firm grasp on that. I wish we did – there are a lot of reasons why it’s nearly impossible,” the governor said. “But I want to make sure we’re not giving either false hope or faulty information.”

Thousands of Kentucky residents have been displaced as last week’s heavy rains destroyed homes, country roads, and bridges.

On Monday, the National Weather Service forecast a slight chance of rain for the region.

President Biden declared Friday that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that began Tuesday and are continuing. 

In addition to the funding being made available to commonwealth and local governments, certain private nonprofit organizations can receive funding on a cost-sharing basis. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire area. 

Drone footage shows the devastation wreaked by the floods. So far there are 16 reported dead, and there are people unaccounted for. Multiple homes have been destroyed, and there are major power outages in areas that are partially submerged. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For state and local officials as they seek to assist Kentucky residents experiencing the disastrous situation.
  • For FEMA personnel as they work to support rescue and recovery efforts.
  • For discernment for the president as he considers and issues emergency declarations.

Sources: ABC News, Daily Caller, Lexington Herald-Leader, CNN


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