Photos of Kentucky flooding show communities in ruins


Authorities are bracing for the death toll from flooding in eastern Kentucky to continue rising this weekend as the extent of the damage becomes more visible.

On Saturday morning, 25 people were confirmed dead after torrential rains flooded the region, destroying hundreds of homes and devastated communities in several provinces.

Photos show homes and businesses half submerged in the murky floodwaters. Streets look like rivers – full of floating tree branches, wrecked vehicles and debris from houses swept away by the current.

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Stranded community members were picked up by boats.

In places where the water has receded, the devastation from the storms has come into view as community members begin to clean up the flood-ravaged homes.

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Finding all the victims could take weeks, according to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, who said the death toll is expected to rise.

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“We may have even lost entire families,” Beshear said in a video on Friday. He later said there were at least four children among the victims.

Search and rescue teams, with help from the National Guard, continued their search for missing persons on Friday evening.

Photos show the destruction:

Volunteers and city workers attempt to reconnect the water supply to a nursing home in Elkhorn City, Ky., on Friday, July 29, 2022.  The pipe, along with part of KY-197, washed away yesterday when the Russell Fork flooded.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
Little Mama, a cat owned by Harold Baker, searches for water among the rubble of houses in Fisty, Ky. "They called it Rainbow Lane," Baker said, who said the name described the brightly colored houses that used to be there.  He lost his home with several other families after Thursday's flash floods devastated the small hamlet. "I'm done with it.  I'm not coming back here."  July 30, 2022
"I've never seen it so bad" said Campbell's Grocery employee Kella Sloan, as she helps clean up the muddy mess left behind by Thursday's flood in Garrett, Kentucky.  The water reached about two meters high in the small center.  July 29, 2022
Buildings and roads are under water near Lost Creek, Ky., Thursday, July 28, 2022. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
Reggie Ritchie comforts wife Della as they pause while cleaning out their destroyed, fabricated home in Fisty, Ky., July 29, 2022.
Teresa Reynolds sits exhausted as members of her community clear the rubble from their flood-ravaged homes in Ogden Hollar in Hindman, Ky., Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A group of stranded people is rescued from the floodwaters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky, on July 28, 2022.
An aerial view of homes submerged under floodwaters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky, on July 28, 2022.
A Knott County 911 emergency vehicle had washed into the Right Fork Troublesome Creek in Hindman.  July 29, 2022

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