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LOOK: Heartbreaking Images Emerge from Historic Kentucky Floods

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A nigh-unprecedented weather event has descended upon the great state of Kentucky, and the images emanating forth from the Bluegrass State are simply heart-wrenching.

Intense rains and flooding have now caused more than a dozen deaths in Kentucky, with that number sure to rise in the coming days, as whole towns remain submerged by the dastardly storm.

For the second time in a week, portions of Kentucky were submerged after extreme rainfall that sparked deadly flash flooding. Several inches of rain in the eastern part of the state on Wednesday turned Appalachian towns into raging rivers that swept away homes and the people who lived in them.

At least eight people have been reported dead since the latest torrential rains began. In places like Perry County, as much as 14 inches of rain had been recorded over the previous 48 hours, and the rain was still falling on Thursday. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll would probably rise into the double digits.

Simply and sadly put:  The event was historic.

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“In a word, this event is devastating, and I do believe it will end up being one of the most significant deadly floods that we have had in Kentucky in at least a very long time,” Beshear said at a Thursday news conference, adding, “This isn’t just a disaster, it’s an ongoing natural disaster. We are in the midst of it. and for some place it will continue through tonight.”

Kentucky is still working to repair the damage left behind in December of 2021, when a string of tornadoes leveled whole towns in the western portion of the state. The latest round of extreme weather, which scientists have linked to climate change, will present even more challenges in the coming months.

“We expect a loss of life. Hundreds will lose their homes,” Beshear said, adding that it is likely that many families will take not not just months but years to recover and rebuild.

Images of the destruction were being shared on social media.

But, as with any American disaster, there were scores of people from hours away willing to come help.

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We can only hope and pray for the best as Kentucky continues to recover from this historic flooding.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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