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Andy Beshear says it may take weeks to find all Kentucky flood victims

It could take weeks to find all of the victims of the torrential flash flooding that has killed at least 16 people, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday.

“From everything we’ve seen, we may be updating the count of how many we lost for the next several weeks,” Beshear said.

“In some of these areas, it’s hard to know exactly how many people were there.”

Heavy rains are forecast locally for the coming days as rescue crews continue the struggle to get into hard-hit areas, some of them among the poorest places in the nation.

The rain did let up early Friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received between 8 and 10 1/2 inches over 48 hours.

But some waterways were not expected to crest until at least Saturday.

President Joe Biden said in a social media post that he spoke Friday with Beshear and offered the federal government’s support. He also declared a federal disaster to direct relief money to more than a dozen Kentucky counties.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear estimates it will take “several weeks,” for the state to find the victims of the flash floods.
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Home and structures are flooded near Quicksand, Ky., Thursday, July 28, 2022. Heavy rains have caused flash flooding and mudslides as storms pound parts of central Appalachia. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says it's some of the worst flooding in state history.
President Biden has promised to send federal aid to Kentucky.
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Eastern Kentucky received more than 8 inches of rain in a two-day span.
Eastern Kentucky received more than 8 inches of rain in a two-day span.
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Home and structures are flooded near Quicksand, Kentucky on July 28, 2022.
Home and structures are flooded near Quicksand, Kentucky on July 28, 2022.
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The flooding has extended into western Virginia and southern West Virginia.

More than 20,000 utility customers in Kentucky and almost 6,100 in Virginia remained without power late Friday, poweroutage.us reported.

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