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‘The worst I’ve ever seen’: Entire homes lifted and moved as deadly flash floods cause devastation

It’s easy to understand how such a sudden flood could cause so much damage in this rural area of Kentucky.

This topography is ideal for flash flooding. High hillsides and narrow valleys. This stunning area is home to some of America’s most impoverished communities.

Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s governor, looked down from the sky at the many communities where he will need to start over, if they survive.

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It is still unknown how many people died in the flash floods that flooded these Appalachian villages within minutes. Everyone had the same reaction: it was unlike anything else.


It had rained throughout the night.

There was so much to do, so quickly, that there was no time for escape.

Whole homes that were not designed to withstand such extremes were moved and lifted.

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“It’s bad. It is, Glenn Caudil, a local firefighter, stated.

“I have been a firefighter for almost 27 years, and this is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed. Unaccounted for people, 95% of those in this area have lost their homes. Houses, cars, animals. It’s heart-breaking. It is.

Numerous people have been evacuated from their homes. It’s not only floods that are causing havoc, but also mudslides. Many homes were destroyed.

This is yet another unimaginable event. It is another devastating weather event. Whole communities were destroyed. It was also feared that entire families were affected.

“We had no choice but to swim out. Rachel Patton, a local resident, said that it was too cold to swim out.

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Roads are now washed away, power lines have fallen, water supply has stopped, and mobile signal has been cut in some areas. This makes it even more difficult to rescue people.

This has been declared a major disaster by President Biden, which allows federal funding to be accessed and staff. He did it seven months ago for the same state, after the tornadoes that ravaged this area.

The rescue is the main focus at the moment. They hope that more people will be found alive but it could double the number of those who are dead. More rain is forecast for Sunday.


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