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.
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.
“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:
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