Aug 1, 2022
Death Toll Rises To 28 In Kentucky As New Rains Fall Transcript
Isolated flood threats have plagued the region, which is still recovering from the devastating floods. Read the transcript here.
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Governer Andy Beshear: (00:03)
That’s not right, but we’ll make it through that too.
Jesse Kirsch: (00:06)
Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, visiting the disaster zone today, as new storms get in the way of rescue operations in an area where some homes are tucked into hillside. Kentucky’s governor says more than 600 people have been rescued by air alone since the flooding began. That means help from helicopters like this Black Hawk, the National Guard says this chopper can get a boat inflated and dropped into the water, in just about two minutes. But again, help came too late for even more people. Tonight, the official death toll, 28 killed. The governor promising the state will pay for funerals, admitting the death toll is merely a formality.
Governer Andy Beshear: (00:41)
We do know of additional bodies that have been recovered, but we cannot confirm those deaths at this time.
Jesse Kirsch: (00:49)
Survivors cleaning up from storms, now facing another one.
Kentuckey Resident: (00:52)
It doesn’t bother me, because there’s nothing else left for us to lose. We’ve lost four houses, couple of vehicles, all our farm equipment. Technically, there’s nothing else left for us to lose.
Jesse Kirsch: (01:08)
That devastation rallying help from around the country and state. 70 trailers bought during December’s destructive tornadoes will now house those displaced from the floods. The governor asked about the role of climate change in the two massive natural disasters in his state, in less than a year.
Governer Andy Beshear: (01:25)
The reason you haven’t heard me talk about something that I believe in, is that we got hundreds if not thousands of people with nothing at the moment.
Jesse Kirsch: (01:34)
Is this becoming more and more, a part of the guards job?
General Hokanson: (01:37)
You know, it is.
Jesse Kirsch: (01:38)
America’s top National Guard General visiting Kentucky’s Response Mission Control, telling me the National Guard assesses its efforts each year.
General Hokanson: (01:46)
After multiple hurricanes, wildfires, floods. We really take this seriously.
Kate Snow: (01:52)
And Jesse joins me now from the flood zone. Jesse, when are residents there are going to get a break?
Jesse Kirsch: (01:58)
Well, Kate, the rain continues here, until tomorrow. Then there’s a concern about excessive heat in the area. The governor worried about how some people will do with water and power still knocked out for some here. And you can see behind us, this is just one. Look at the devastation.
Lester Holt: (02:12)
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