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Appalachia residents begin cleanup after deadly floods

Some residents of Appalachia returned to flood-ravaged homes and communities on Saturday to dig out mud and debris and salvage what they could, while Kentucky’s governor said search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region inundated by torrential rains days earlier. which caused a deadly flash. floods. Rescue teams continued to struggle to enter heavily affected areas, some of them among the poorest places in America. Dozens of deaths have been confirmed and the number is expected to rise. In the small community of Wayland, Phillip Michael Caudill worked Saturday to clear the debris and recover what he could from the home he shares with his wife and three children. The waters receded from the house, but left a mess along with questions about what he and his family will do next. “We’re just hoping we can get help,” said Caudill, who is staying with his family at Jenny Wiley. State Park in a spare room, for now. Caudill, a firefighter from the nearby community of Garrett, went out to the rescue around 1 a.m. Thursday, but had to ask to leave around 3 a.m. to get home, where the waters were rising quickly. That’s what made it so hard for me,” he said. “Here I am, sitting there, watching my house go under water and you have people calling for help. And I couldn’t help it,” because she was taking care of her own family. The water was knee-deep when she got home, and she had to wade through the yard and carry two of her children to the car. She could barely close the door of her SUV as they left. Saturday in Garrett, flood-soaked couches, tables and pillows piled up in the foothills of the mountainous region as people worked to clear debris and shovel mud from driveways and roads under now-blue skies. Hubert Thomas, 60, and and her nephew Harvey, 37, fled to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg after floodwaters destroyed their home in Pine Top late Wednesday night.The two were able to rescue their dog, CJ, but fear the damage to the house is beyond repair. Hubert Thomas, a retired coal miner, said his life savings were invested in his house. “Now I have nothing,” he said. It wasn’t long before his uncle woke him up warning him that the Aug a was getting dangerously close to the house. “I was walking in and it just kept getting worse,” he said, “as there had been, at one point, we looked out the front door and my cars and his cars were playing bumper cars, like bumper boats in the middle of our yard.” As for what’s next, Harvey Thomas said he doesn’t know, but he’s grateful to be alive. “The mountain people are strong,” he said. “And like I said, it won’t be tomorrow, probably not next month, but I think everybody will be fine. It’s going to be a long process.” At least 25 people, including four children, have died in the floods, Kentucky’s governor said Saturday. “We continue to pray for the families who have suffered an unfathomable loss,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. said. “Some have lost almost everyone in their home.” Beshear said the number would likely rise significantly and it could take weeks to find all the victims of the record-breaking flash flood. Crews performed more than 1,200 rescues by helicopter and boat. The governor said. “I’m concerned that we’re going to find bodies over the next few weeks,” Beshear said during a midday briefing. (20-27 centimeters) for 48 hours. But some waterways were not expected to rise until Saturday. About 18,000 utility customers in Kentucky remained without power Saturday, poweroutage.us reported. rts across the US this summer, including St. Louis earlier this week and again on Friday. Scientists warn that climate change is making weather disasters more common. As rainfall pounded Appalachia this week, water cascaded down hillsides and into valleys and hollows where creeks and streams that flowed through small towns swelled. The torrent engulfed homes and businesses and wrecked vehicles. Mudslides left some people stranded on steep slopes. President Joe Biden has declared a federal disaster to direct aid money to more than a dozen Kentucky counties. Flooding extended into western Virginia and southern West Virginia. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in six West Virginia counties where flooding caused downed trees, power outages and blocked roads. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin also declared an emergency, allowing officials to mobilize resources across the state’s flooded southwest. The deluge came two days after record rainfall around St. Louis had fallen more than 12 inches (31 centimeters) and killed at least two. people. Last month, heavy rain over mountain snow in Yellowstone National Park caused historic flooding and the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. In both cases, the flooding rain far exceeded what forecasters had predicted. Extreme rain events have become more common as climate change grips the planet and alters weather patterns, scientists say. That’s a growing challenge for officials during disasters because the models used to predict storm impacts are based in part on past events and can’t keep pace with increasingly devastating floods and heat waves like the ones that hit recently the Pacific Northwest and the southern plains. “It’s a battle of the extremes going on right now in the United States,” said meteorologist Jason Furtado of the University of Oklahoma. “These are things that we expect to happen because of climate change. … A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor and that means it can lead to increased heavy rainfall.”

Some residents of Appalachia returned to flood-ravaged homes and communities on Saturday to dig out mud and debris and salvage what they could, while Kentucky’s governor said search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region inundated by torrential rains days earlier. which caused a deadly flash. flood

Rescue teams were still struggling to get into hard-hit areas, some of them among the poorest places in America. Dozens of deaths have been confirmed and the number is expected to rise.

In the small community of Wayland, Phillip Michael Caudill worked Saturday to clear the debris and recover what he could from the home he shares with his wife and three children. The waters had receded from the house, but left a mess along with questions about what he and his family will do next.

“We’re just hoping we can get help,” said Caudill, who is staying with his family at Jenny Wiley State Park in a spare room for now.

Caudill, a firefighter from the nearby community of Garrett, went out to the rescue around 1 a.m. Thursday, but had to ask to leave around 3 a.m. to get home, where the waters were rising quickly.

“That’s what made it so hard for me,” he said. “Here I am, sitting there, watching my house dive into the water and you have people asking for help. And I couldn’t help it,” because he was attending to his own family.

The water was knee-deep when she got home and she had to wade through the yard and carry two of her children to the car. He was barely able to close the door of his SUV as they drove away.

In Garrett on Saturday, flood-soaked couches, tables and pillows piled up yards along the foothills of the mountainous region as people worked to clear debris and shovel mud from driveways and roads under a now-blue sky.

Hubert Thomas, 60, and his nephew Harvey, 37, fled to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg after flooding destroyed their Pine Top home late Wednesday night. The two were able to rescue their dog, CJ, but fear the damage to the home is beyond repair. Hubert Thomas, a retired coal miner, said his life savings had been invested in his home.

“I have nothing now,” he said.

Harvey Thomas, an EMT, said he fell asleep to the sound of light rain, and it wasn’t long before his uncle woke him up warning him that the water was getting dangerously close to the house.

“It was going in and it just kept getting worse,” he said, “like there was, at one point, we looked out the front door and my cars and their cars were playing bumper cars, like bumper boats in the middle of our front yard.”

As for what’s next, Harvey Thomas said he doesn’t know, but he’s grateful to be alive.

“Mountain people are strong,” he said. “And like I said, it won’t be tomorrow, probably not next month, but I think everybody will be fine. It’s going to be a long process.”

At least 25 people, including four children, have died in the floods, Kentucky’s governor said Saturday.

“We continue to pray for the families who have suffered an unfathomable loss,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Some have lost almost everyone in their home.”

Beshear said the number would likely rise significantly and it could take weeks to find all the victims of the record flood. Crews have made more than 1,200 rescues from helicopters and boats, the governor said.

“I’m concerned that we’re going to find bodies over the next few weeks,” Beshear said during a midday briefing.

The rain stopped early Friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received 20 to 27 centimeters (8 to 10 1/2 inches) over 48 hours. But some waterways were not expected to rise until Saturday. About 18,000 utility customers in Kentucky remained without power Saturday, poweroutage.us reported.

It is the last in a series of catastrophic floods that hit parts of the United States this summer, including St. Louis earlier this week and again on Friday. Scientists warn that climate change is making weather disasters more common.

As rainfall pummeled Appalachia this week, water poured down coasts and into valleys and caves where creeks and streams that flowed through small towns swelled. The torrent engulfed homes and businesses and wrecked vehicles. Mudslides left some people stranded on steep slopes.

President Joe Biden has declared a federal disaster to direct aid money to more than a dozen Kentucky counties.

The flooding spread into western Virginia and southern West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for six West Virginia counties, where flooding brought down trees, cut power and blocked roads. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin also declared an emergency, allowing officials to mobilize resources in the state’s flooded southwest.

The deluge came two days after record rainfall on the outskirts of St. Louis dropped more than 12 inches (31 centimeters) and killed at least two people. Last month, heavy rain over mountain snow in Yellowstone National Park caused historic flooding and the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. In both cases, the floods of rain far exceeded what forecasters had predicted.

According to scientists, extreme rain events have become more common as climate change bakes the planet and alters weather patterns. That’s a growing challenge for officials during disasters because the models used to predict storm impacts are based in part on past events and can’t keep pace with increasingly devastating floods and heat waves like the ones that hit recently the Pacific Northwest and the southern plains.

“It’s a battle of extremes going on in the United States,” said University of Oklahoma meteorologist Jason Furtado. “These are things that we expect to happen because of climate change. … A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor and that means it can lead to increased heavy rainfall.”

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