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More storms bring renewed flood threat in hard-hit Kentucky

More storms bring renewed flood threat in hard-hit Kentucky
Thunderstorms have returned to parts of Kentucky already reeling from devastating floods

Thunderstorms on Friday brought a renewed threat of flooding to parts of 肯塔基州 ravaged by high water a week ago.

国家气象局 issued a flood watch through Sunday evening for nearly the entire state.

As residents continued cleaning up from the late July floods that killed at least 37 人们, rain started falling on already saturated ground in eastern Kentucky late Friday morning. Some places could receive up to 3 inches of rain by Friday night, and the storm system wasn’t expected to let up until at least Saturday evening, the weather service said.

Due to unsafe travel conditions, 政府. Andy Beshear canceled visits to two flood-ravaged counties Friday.

Last week’s storm in eastern Kentucky sent floodwaters as high as rooftops. In the days afterward, 多于 1,300 people were rescued as teams searched in boats and combed debris-clogged creekbanks.

Many residents are still waiting for their utilities to be restored. 关于 3,000 Kentucky customers remained without electricity on Friday. Some entire water systems were severed or heavily damaged, prompting a significant response from the National Guard and others to distribute bottled water.

总统 乔拜登 declared a federal disaster to direct relief money to counties flooded after 8 至 10 1/2 英寸 (20 至 27 centimeters) of rain fell in just 48 hours last week in the Appalachian mountain region. Federal financial assistance also was being offered to many residents for repairs to privately owned access roads and bridges. The state also was offering disaster unemployment assistance.

The weather service also posted flood watches for much of 西弗吉尼亚 and through the Washington, 直流电, area.

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Raby reported from Charleston, W.Va.