BREAKING: Another State Of Emergency JUST Declared

Posted by DINO PORRAZZO at AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Gov. Andy Beshear declared a State of Emergency due to severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

The death toll from catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky has reached 16 people, including six children, FOX News reports.

“Folks, that’s gonna get a lot higher,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Friday briefing. Earlier in the day, Beshear said he expected the death toll to potentially reach 30.

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The six children include four siblings – ages 8, 6, 4 and 1 – who were swept away from their parents’ arms in the rising water, Beshear confirmed. The two parents, Amber Smith and Riley Noble, were found alive, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Beshear also confirmed the deaths of an 81-year-old woman in Perry County, a 79-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman in Letcher County, and a 76-year-old woman in Clay County.

Eleven of the deaths occurred in Knott County, including a 63-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman and two children, Beshear said.

Search and rescue teams backed by the National Guard looked tirelessly for missing people — in helicopters and boats — and Beshear noted that determining the number of those who remain unaccounted for is “tough.”

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Over 200 have sought shelter and more than 23,000 Kentucky residents were still without power.

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“This was a tough night and maybe an even tougher morning for so many of our residents,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are currently experiencing one of the worst, most devastating flooding events in Kentucky’s history. The situation is dynamic and ongoing. In most places we are not seeing receding water – in fact, in most places it has not crested yet. What we are going to see coming out of this is massive property damage and we expect loss of life. Hundreds will lose their homes. And this will be yet another event that will take not months, but years, for our families to rebuild and recover from.”

He added, “I also want to tell the people of Eastern Kentucky that we are going to be there for them. You are important and we want to help. This is what we do as Kentuckians – we help each other out.”

At the Governor’s 9:30 a.m. EDT media briefing the following items were discussed:

  • The Governor was at the State Emergency Operations Center about 7 a.m., speaking directly to local officials, emergency management directors, the Kentucky National Guard, cabinet leadership and the CEO of the American Red Cross.
  • At least six counties have declared local states of emergency: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Letcher, Owsley and Pike.
  • Gov. Beshear mobilized the Kentucky National Guard, which has 15-20 high-axle vehicles that can pass through the flooded roads to assist with delivering supplies and rescuing Kentuckians. They are also staging three helicopters.
  • Some people are currently stranded on their roofs; state and local agencies are working to identify and rescue these Kentuckians.
  • There are a number of people unaccounted for.
  • The Kentucky State Police, as well as emergency management professionals, are fully active and responding. The Governor mentioned they have an extra helicopter on hand that can be used as needed.
  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is responding and preparing for debris removal, as is the Division of Forestry.
  • The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is assisting with water rescues.
  • Later today, the Governor will be posting a list of shelters that are being established. The shelters will include Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, which are also experiencing some challenges including loss of power.
  • More than 23,000 households are currently without power, and the state is working with multiple cell service providers to restore service.
  • The Governor said many communities in the impacted areas are also going to lose water temporarily. Water systems have already been disrupted in Martin and Pike counties.
  • Truckloads of water were ordered and are headed to Eastern Kentucky.
  • Specific situations include a school where several faculty members are currently stranded – no students or children are involved. And the state is checking on nursing homes and our seniors that may be vulnerable and is making plans to move them if necessary.
  • Gov. Beshear said that he is expecting a break in weather conditions for a couple of hours followed by another round of rain mid-afternoon. He is hoping it won’t be more than an inch. After that, officials are hoping there is a more significant break to allow water to recede.

“I’m asking everyone to pray. There are a lot of people out there who need help and are very scared right now. And we’re doing the very best we can to reach each and every one of them,” Gov. Beshear said.

Steps to keep yourself safe after flooding:

  • Watch your step. Floodwaters often hide sharp and dangerous debris, like broken glass and metal. Floodwater can also be contaminated with oil, gasoline or sewage.
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear such as boots, gloves and safety glasses when moving debris.
  • Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm, or if it is wet, to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
  • Flooded homes are hazards. Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
  • Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
  • Never drive into a road covered with flowing water. One foot of flowing water can sweep a car off the road; 2 feet will carry away an SUV or pickup. Even 6 inches of water can knock you off your feet. Never walk or drive through swift water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Respect barricades and posted signage. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around. You’re not only putting your own life at risk, but also the lives of first responders.
  • If you encounter a dark traffic signal, treat it as a four-way stop.

For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov.

The Governor will provide another update at 12:30 p.m. EDT today at his standing Team Kentucky Update news conference.

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In a tweet, Beshear warned that central and eastern Kentucky remain under a flood watch.

“While rain totals are not expected to be as high, flooding still remains a concern due to saturated grounds. Please stay safe and alert, Kentucky,” he wrote.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson tweeted that the area would see a “decent break” from Friday night and into Saturday.

“More rain and storms arrive Sunday through Tuesday, with heavy rainfall possible Sunday and Monday,” it said.

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I have friends that sent me pictures and actually lost loved ones.

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