Deadly Flooding Puts Kentucky in Danger
By: Jessica Wang
Recently, Kentucky was hit once again with another natural disaster: a flash flood. This time, at least 26 people died during the flood, with many more yet to be found. Houses and cars in the area have all been totaled and the city Hazard, Kentucky has been completely drowned in water and mud.
Last year, Bremen, Kentucky, a city close to Hazard, was hit by one of the deadliest tornadoes in Kentucky history. The mayor of Hindman, Kentucky immediately went to help Bremen and sent supplies of food and medical items. Now that Hindman was hit in the flood, Bremen returned the favor by helping Hindman.
Before the flood, a thunderstorm hovered above the region for many days, later leading to heavy rain reaching up to four inches per hour. In a five-day period, 14 to 16 inches of rain fell, causing the major flooding in eastern Kentucky. The rainfall was recorded to be the biggest 24-hour storm seen in the last 50 years.
These natural disasters have been huge setbacks to the community – even without them, Kentucky was not prospering – and now it’s worse than ever. “I wish I could tell you why we keep getting hit here in Kentucky,” says the Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, “I wish I could tell you why areas where people may not have much continue to get hit and lose everything.”
Rescuers brought civilians from the muddy flooding to shelters and churches. However, all the workers could do was offer them wipes because there was no working water. This is yet another challenge; if there’s no clean water, what do people drink?
In the high temperatures and humidity of eastern Kentucky, residents have to suffer. “It is so miserable. The humidity is so high, it takes your breath,” Kirsten Gomez said to the Associated Press. “Your clothes stick to you. Your hair sticks to you. This mud is caked on you. ... But I’m just blessed that we don’t have rain anymore.”
Kentucky residents are struggling financially to recover everything they lost in the flood back. Without the help and support, they would be in grave danger.