At least 1 dead in “one of the worst flooding events in Kentucky history,” officials say

At least one person died in Kentucky after rain battered the eastern part of the state, flooding streets and trapping people in their homes, officials said.

The region received an estimated eight to 12 inches of rain overnight. Four million remain on flood alerts in Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia and southwest Virginia, where rain is expected through Friday afternoon.

Image: Flooding in Perry County, Kentucky on July 28, 2022.
Flooding in Perry County, Kentucky on July 28, 2022.@kentuckygirl87 / via Twitter

“It’s been a tough night and maybe an even tougher morning for so many of our residents,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference Thursday. “We are currently witnessing one of the worst and most devastating flood events in Kentucky history.”

The governor also said the state anticipates “loss of life” and “massive property damage” that “will likely take years, not months, for many families to rebuild and recover.”

Beshear has activated the Kentucky National Guard and signed a state of emergency that will “unleash the resources needed and let the people of eastern Kentucky know we will be here for them,” he said.

The sheriff in Perry County, where the person died, described the flooding as “something I’ve never seen.”


Authorities have not released the victim’s name or age, but said the person drowned.

“We’ve had reports throughout the night from people we just couldn’t get hold of,” Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle told NBC News. “So I’m hoping the water recedes and comes down to be able to get them, but I’m not sure how many people are still trapped.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., tweeted about the floods and urged anyone in need of help to contact his office.

“I am praying for all those affected,” he tweeted. At least 1 dead in “one of the worst flooding events in Kentucky history,” officials say

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