Photos of Kentucky flooding show communities in ruins

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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.

At least 16 people were killed Friday night after torrential rains swept through the region, destroying hundreds of homes and destroying 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.

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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 said there were at least six children among the victims.

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

Photos show the destruction:

An aerial view of homes submerged under floodwaters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky, on July 28, 2022.
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.  of people stranded on rooftops and in trees, the governor of the southeastern state of the US said Thursday.
A Knott County 911 emergency vehicle had washed into the Right Fork Troublesome Creek in Hindman.  July 29, 2022
People work Friday, July 29, 2022 to clear a house from a bridge at the Whitesburg Recycling Center in Letcher County, Ky.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
Kermit Clemons, atop his ex-mother-in-law's house outside of Hazard, Ky., helps his ex-wife Lana Clemons pick up family items.  Flash flooding swept the trailer home from its foundation and carried it about 70 meters from its original location on Thursday morning.  July 28, 2022
A man searches the remains of a trailer park that was swept away by the floodwaters of Troublesome Creek in Dwarf, Ky.  July 29, 2022
A school bus in Perry County has been vandalized after it came to rest in the floodwaters of Lost Cree in Ned, Ky., on Friday, July 29, 2022.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
STILL FROM THE VIDEO: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and FEMA Officials flew over the devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky on Friday, July 29, 2022
A young woman walks through medium-deep water next to a house that was flooded by water from the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky, on July 28, 2022.  At least eight people have died after torrential rains caused massive flooding in eastern Kentucky, leaving several people stranded on rooftops and in trees, the state governor of the southeastern US said Thursday.

Contributions: The The Bharat Express News; Caleb Stultz, Lucas Aulbach, Thomas Birmingham, Jordan D. Brown, Christal Hayes, Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY NETWORK.

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