JACKSON, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear took time throughout the day on Tuesday to visit three of the counties affected by flooding in southeastern Kentucky. 

What You Need To Know

  • Beshear visited six counties over two days in southeastern Kentucky

  • Beshear visited with local officials to discuss damages in the communities

  • Within 48 hours of the flood, local and state first responders had over 1,300 rescues

  • Beshear’s biggest concern over the next few days is the coming heatwave

After visiting six counties in two days, Gov. Andy Beshear said the damage is clearly everywhere. 

“Coming in from the Hazard airport going down that line, parts of people’s homes [are] just strewn all over the place,” Beshear said.

Beshear said they are working to rescue those in need as quickly as possible, but as clean up continues, the death toll will probably increase. 

“We are working to find every person. If there is good news, most of the people reported as missing to the Kentucky state police have been found,” Beshear said.

Within 48 hours of the flood, local and state first responders performed over 1,300 rescues, and Beshear said he is proud of those Kentuckians for stepping up.

“The improvement that I’ve seen over the last two days is dramatic and more help is going to come,” Beshear said.

But besides needing power and water in most areas, his biggest concern over the next few days will be the heatwave coming through.

“We need to look out for each other over these next couple of days. It’s gonna be 100 plus degrees and how it feels and we got to commit that we’re not going to lose a single additional person because of that heat wave,” Beshear said.

Beshear said more help is on the way, from both the state and federal level, and he’s working with local officials to get their communities back on their feet.