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 Henderson Kentucky - More severe weather threatening Eastern Kentucky as flooding death toll rises 01 August 2022 ( news )

Henderson Kentucky - More severe weather threatening Eastern Kentucky as flooding death toll rises 01 August 2022 ( news )

Henderson , state Kentucky
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   FRANKFORT , Ky . ( Aug . 1 , 2022 )
    – Today , Gov . Andy Beshear provided an update on rescue and recovery efforts following historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky . Unfortunately , the Governor reported severe weather is continuing to hit the region even as the death toll rises .
   “If things weren’t hard enough on the people of this region , they’re getting rain right now , ” Gov . Beshear said , noting that Floyd , Magoffin , Knott and Pike counties remain under a flash flood warni......ng
   Monday morning
    . “There is severe storm potential today in all of the impacted areas , and that is just not right . The most risk is on the northernmost point of the impacted areas , but it is very unstable . ”
   Death Toll Continues To Rise
   Gov . Beshear announced today that the death toll from the devastating floods has now risen to 30 . Deaths by county are as follows:
   Breathitt County: 7
   Clay County: 2
   Knott County: 16 , including 4 children
   Letcher County: 2
   Perry County: 3
   Governor Seeks Expanded Individual Assistance
   Today , the Governor is sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ) asking for the other impacted areas – Floyd , Johnson , Leslie , Magoffin , Martin , Owsley and Pike counties – to be eligible for individual disaster assistance .
   The Governor said he fully expects more counties to be added as was the process during the December tornadoes .
   FEMA has already announced that renters and homeowners of Breathitt , Clay , Knott , Letcher and Perry counties who were affected by the severe storms , flooding and mudslides that began July 26 may apply for individual disaster assistance .
   For the approved counties , applications can be filed online at
   disasterassistance . gov
    , by calling
   800 - 621 - 3362
    or by using the FEMA mobile app . If you use a relay service , such as video relay ( VRS ) , captioned telephone or other service , give FEMA the number for that service . To learn more , see the
   full release
    .
   The Governor said it will be important when applying for assistance to have critical information in hand , including:
   A current phone number where you can be contacted;
   Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
   Your Social Security number;
   A general list of damage and losses;
   Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and
   If insured , the policy number or the agent and/or company name .
   Survivors with homeowners , renters or flood insurance should file a claim as soon as possible . FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance . If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses , you may be eligible for federal assistance .
   Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage . Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair .
   “FEMA folks are on the way . In these counties , what we’ve asked for , is folks who can go door to door to help our people . Also , a set location where people can come in and access all the services they need in one place . ” Gov . Beshear said . “Don’t give up . We want to make sure everyone who can qualify , does qualify . ”
   Travel trailers are being delivered and connected to utilities for emergency sheltering . Twenty - five travel trailers have been delivered to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County . And between two areas in Knott County , 25 more are being set up . Information will be forthcoming for those who may be in need of these temporary shelters .
   Missing Persons
   Kentucky State Police is continuing to respond and actively search for missing people .
   If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of
   Breathitt
    ,
   Perry
    ,
   Knott
    ,
   Letcher
    or
   Leslie 
   counties , contact Post 13 Hazard at
   606 - 435 - 6069
    .
   If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of
   Magoffin
    ,
   Johnson
    ,
   Martin
    ,
   Floyd
    , or
   Pike
    counties , contact Post 9 Pikeville at
   606 - 433 - 7711
    .
   If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of
   Jackson
    ,
   Owsley
    , or
   Lee
    counties , contact Post 7 Richmond at
   859 - 623 - 2404
    .
   If you wish to report a missing loved one in the counties of
   Wolfe
    or
   Morgan
    counties , contact Post 8 Morehead at
   606 - 784 - 4127
    .
   If you wish to report a missing loved one in
   Harlan County
    , contact Post 10 Harlan at
   606 - 573 - 3131
    .
   Please note phone lines are extremely busy right now . It may take a while to get through .
   A command staging area has been established at the Hazard Armory for emergency personnel only . The public should not travel to the affected areas until emergency personnel gives the all - clear .
   Cellular Service Being Restored
   Gov . Beshear reported that progress is being made in restoring cellular service to the affected areas .
   “Letcher County’s cellular infrastructure is being reported as restored . That is huge , ” the Governor said . “And Appalachian Wireless , which serves so much of this region , is reporting that it is completely restored . That is really good news . ”
   Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
   As of 7:30 a . m . EDT on Aug . 1 , there have been 12 , 035 donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund , totaling $1 , 534 , 308 . 30 . To donate , visit
   TeamEKYfloodrelieffund . ky . gov
    . The fund is fully transparent and the first distribution of funds will go toward paying for each victim’s funeral .
   Flags Lowered in Honor of Victims
   Gov . Beshear announced today that he is ordering flags at all state buildings to fly at half - staff for one week (
   ending Aug . 8
    ) in honor of the victims of the Eastern Kentucky floods .
   “I encourage businesses , individuals and organizations throughout Kentucky to do the same , ” the Governor said . “Let’s make sure we’re recognizing the loss our people have been through . ”
   He said he would also be lighting the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion green .
   “Green is the color of compassion , and just like we did during COVID , we’re showing compassion for those lost during this devastating flood , ” Gov . Beshear said .
   Governor Signs Order on Licensing
   Today , Gov . Beshear signed an executive order to suspend fees for replacement driver’s licenses and permits , as well as replacement of motor vehicle registration and titles .
   Utility Outages
   Statewide , as of 8 a . m . EDT on Aug . 1 , there were approximately 12 , 000 customers without power .
   25 , 325 service connections were without water .
   44 , 119 service connections were under a boil water advisory .
   22 water systems have limited operations due to power outages and storm damage .
   17 wastewater systems have limited operations , primarily due to flooded infrastructure and are experiencing discharges from portions of their systems .
   The Governor also noted that he and the First Lady are canceling their planned trip to Israel this week . He said , “I cannot be overseas while the people of Eastern Kentucky are suffering and while the region will still be in a critical stage over the coming weeks . I promised the people yesterday that I would be there for them – today , tomorrow and in the coming weeks – and I am going to keep that promise . ” 
   Previous Updates
   Yesterday , the Governor toured the flood - damaged area with stops in Hazard ( Perry County ) , Leburn ( Knott County ) , Hindman ( Knott County ) and Whitesburg ( Letcher County ) . Shelter sites can be found at
   governor . ky . gov/FloodResources
    .
   On Thursday , Gov . Beshear declared a
   State of Emergency
    due to severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky . To learn more about the Governor’s initial response to Eastern Kentucky floods , see Thursday’s
   Team Kentucky Update release
    .
   Early
   Friday morning
    , Gov . Beshear updated Kentuckians
   via video message
    on the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky and his administration’s response .
   To view the Governor’s full briefing and release from later
   Friday morning
    , click
   here
    .
   Friday afternoon
    the Governor announced that President Biden had approved his request for a federal disaster declaration for 13 Eastern Kentucky Counties . To learn more about the federal declaration and to read additional updates on the response to the flooding ,
   click here
    .
   To learn more about the federal disaster declaration , see Friday’s
   release from the White House
    .
   To see Saturday’s full release on the floods’ rising death toll , continued search and rescue efforts , the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund , flood resources , FEMA assistance and more , click
   here
    .
   
   





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