With more rain coming to eastern Kentucky, wellness checks take urgency News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Govt. Andy Beshear said wellness checks will be continued throughout the weekend in areas of eastern Kentucky battered by historic flooding.

“One of the main things that we’re doing today, because we have moved past the initial search and rescue phase and because we are worried about weather coming up, is wellness checks,” he said. “There are a lot of people who may be stranded in their home because their private bridge has been wiped out – so there will be a lot of wellness checks underway.”

Beshear said the death total remains at 37 confirmed in five counties with a high of 17 fatalities in Knott County, including four children from the same family. Kentucky State Police said there are two missing persons still being searched for in relation to the flooding. That number reflects only reports made to KSP.

On Monday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will come to Kentucky, joining with Gov. Beshear and first lady Britainy Beshear to visit families affected by the devastation.

There is concern for a weather pattern moving across eastern Kentucky with slow-moving thunderstorms that could lead to heavy rainfall and isolated scattered instances of flash flooding in eastern Kentucky Friday and Saturday. More rain is forecast through next week.

“The ground is already really saturated, and there’s a lot of debris that could cause clogging of waterways that can lead to flooding,” Beshear said. “If we have significant wind, this could lead to some damage. So everybody be weather aware tonight and into Saturday.”

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