President Biden and First Lady arrive to tour flood-ravaged Kentucky

President Biden and First Lady arrive to tour flood-ravaged Kentucky
Some 38 people have died following flash flooding in Kentucky

President Joe Biden and First LadyJill Biden have arrived in Kentucky to meet with families and survey the damage after the worst flooding in the state’s history.

The Bidens arrived on Air Force One at Blue Grass Airport just before 11am local time, where they were met by Linda Gorton, the mayor of Lexington.

The Bidens will be joined by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, for a briefing on the flooding’s impact with first responders and recovery specialists at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Lost Creek. They will then tour a hard-hit community in the state and meet directly with those affected.

Some 38 people died in flash flooding in eastern Kentucky last month after storms dropped 8 – 10 1/2 inches of rain in the span of 48 hours.

Heavy rain accumulated rapidly, trapping many residents in their homes. In some places, homes were lifted entirely from their foundations as torrents of water and mud flowed through neighborhoods. The Kentucky River crested at all-time high levels in the towns of Whitesburg and Jackson.

Among the fatalities were four young siblings who were swept away from their parents in Knotts County.

The bodies of Madison Noble, eight, Riley Jr, five, Neveah, four, and two-year-old Chance were discovered on 29 July, the day after they were separated from parents, Riley Noble and Amber Smith, as the family clung to a tree when their home became inundated with water.

More thunderstorms are forecast for later this week.

President Biden has granted federal emergency aid in response to the disaster including covering 100 per cent of the cost of certain emergency services for Eastern Kentucky cities and counties for a continuous 30 day period, Gov. Beshear confirmed on Sunday.

Flash flooding is becoming more common, and more intense, across the US due to the climate crisis, a recent study found. As the planet heats up, some areas will see heavier rainstorms, dropping much more water at once and risking rapid-onset floods.

AP contributed to this report