At least three people have died as a result of flooding in eastern Kentucky, and the governor predicts that "hundreds" will lose their homes.

 At least three people have died as a result of flooding in eastern Kentucky, and the governor predicts that "hundreds" will lose their homes.

At least three people have died as a result of flooding in eastern Kentucky, and the governor predicts that "hundreds" will lose their homes.

That goes all the way up there — everyone is stuck "Kendra Bentley, a Hindman resident standing near a road outside, told Clement about floodwaters surrounding homes.


Floodwater also covered much of the Breathitt County town of Lost Creek, which is 90 miles southeast of Lexington, according to video from CNN affiliate WKYT. According to WKYT, fast-moving waters covered at least one home and ripped the porch stairs from another.

The Guard had identified people trapped on roofs and was "making preparations to go in and withdraw them," the state's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton, said at a news conference this morning, without specifying where these people were.


Floodwater was seen covering roads and swallowing portions of homes and vehicles in video from various locations.


In the small creekside town of Hindman, a virtual lake pooled into valley areas, nearly covering pickup trucks and encroaching on numerous homes, reaching almost to their roofs in some cases, according to drone video captured by storm chaser Brandon Clement.


In a predawn interview, Barbara Wicker expressed concern about relatives in Hindman, including five grandchildren, because water had engulfed their homes.


"I'm unable to contact them. I can't get through to 911. There is no hope in sight "Wicker told Clement this outside in Hindman, a Knott County town about 130 miles southeast of Lexington.

Hundreds will lose their homes, and this will be yet another event where it will take months, if not years, for many families to rebuild and recover "Beshear stated this earlier in the morning on Thursday.


Beshear said he activated the National Guard to assist with rescues and recovery efforts and declared an emergency to expedite resources to assist.

Rainfall of more than an inch is expected through Friday evening. "We're keeping a close eye on things, and it won't take much to cause some additional flooding issues," Dustin Jordan of the National Weather Service's Jackson office told CNN.


The rains have caused extensive damage to homes in the state's central Appalachia region, forcing some residents to seek refuge on the roofs of their flooded homes, according to the governor.

At least three people have died in widespread flooding in eastern Kentucky as a result of heavy overnight rains, the governor said Thursday, describing the flood as "one of the most significant, deadly floods" in the state's history.


"There are going to be a lot of people out there who need our help," Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference in Frankfort on Thursday afternoon. "Unfortunately, I anticipate double-digit deaths as a result of this flooding."


According to National Weather Service radar estimates and local observers, portions of Kentucky around Hazard received more than 9 inches of rain from Wednesday into Thursday morning. The rain in eastern Kentucky flooded creeks, streams, and ground that was already saturated from previous rain, according to the weather service. Flood warnings have been issued for parts of eastern Kentucky until Thursday afternoon.

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