FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2022) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on the continuing stabilization efforts following the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
“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,” Gov. Beshear 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.”
There are 37 confirmed fatalities in five counties:
- 8 in Breathitt
- 2 in Clay
- 17 in Knott (13 adults and 4 children. The children are from the same family.)
- 3 in Letcher
- 7 in Perry
President and First Lady Visit Eastern Kentucky
On Monday, Aug. 8, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Eastern Kentucky, where they joined the Governor and First Lady Britainy Beshear to visit families affected by the devastation from recent flooding and survey recovery efforts at a local Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State Disaster Recovery Center.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) report there are two missing persons still being searched for in relation to the flooding. This number is fluid and reflects only reports made to KSP.
Slow-moving thunderstorms could lead to heavy rainfall and isolated scattered instances of flash flooding in Eastern Kentucky as 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,” Gov. Beshear said. “If we have significant wind, this could lead to some damage. So everybody be weather aware tonight and into Saturday.”
There are nine cooling stations across Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. For details visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.
- Emergency Shelters – 209 occupants in shelters
- Red Cross – 131
- Independent Shelters – 78
- Parks – 320 people are being housed at Kentucky State Parks.
- Jenny Wiley State Park: 172 people
- Paintsville State Park: 4 people
- Pine Mountain State Resort Park: 6
- Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park: 138
- Travel Trailers – 75 travel trailers
- 25 at Jenny Wiley State Park
- 30 at Mine Made in Knott County
- 20 at Carr Creek in Knott County
- 388 Guard members supporting the flood efforts in Eastern Kentucky
- 20,028 cases of water distributed
- 118 pallets of food, 1,219 MRE cases, 344 meals distributed
Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
- Total number of donations: 25,512
- Donated amount: $3,686,211.67
- Distribution update: The first payments are going out.
- Five additional payments totaling $50,000 went out Thursday. So far, $170,000 in funeral payments have been paid to the families of 17 lost loved ones.
GoFundMe Page Notice
Gov. Beshear also addressed speculation that flood victims who receive money from a GoFundMe page will be ineligible for FEMA assistance.
In some instances, if those recovering from the floods receive money from a GoFundMe page for something specific, such as repairs or other aid, it may affect their FEMA eligibility, as FEMA cannot duplicate benefits received from another source.
However, the Governor stressed that all survivors should still apply for assistance and let FEMA determine if they are eligible.
- 1,102, down from 3,044 reported Thursday.
- Drinking Water:
- 11,773 service connections without water, down from 13,590 reported Thursday.
- 35,380 service connections under Boil Water Advisory, down from 41,004 reported Thursday.
- One wastewater system is not operational, down from three on Thursday.
- 13 wastewater systems under limited operation, down from 14 reported Thursday.
- Three wastewater plants are experiencing bypasses.
- 13 systems are experiencing discharges from portions of their collection systems.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded a contract for removal and disposal of debris on state and county rights-of-way. Debris assessment will be conducted in affected areas through Aug. 10. Information regarding debris drop-off locations will soon be added to governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.
‘Popup’ Licensing Locations
Portable, “popup” driver licensing offices are operating today at Hazard Community College, the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg, the Sportsplex in Knott County and at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for flood victims. The “popups” will issue replacement driver licenses, permits and IDs free of charge for people who live in the 13 counties covered by the federal disaster declaration. For more information or additional locations and hours of operation, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.
KYTC has deemed 25 bridges to be impassable, up from 23 yesterday. This number can fluctuate as inspections continue. So far, 91% of the 1,100 bridges in the flood area have been inspected. State crews are beginning to concentrate on county roads, as all state roads are now open.
‘Water on Wheels’
Waterstep is an organization setting up “Water on Wheels” carts to provide portable drinking water to Eastern Kentucky. These carts serve as water filtration systems and will produce up to 15,000 gallons of clean water a day.
Food Assistance Programs
The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) issued 485 food replacements yesterday, bringing the weekly total to 1,344.