Fifteen dead in Kentucky flood, one of the ‘most devastating’ in state history

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(NEW YORK) — At least 15 people have been killed amid devastating flooding in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday, and he said he expects the death toll to “more than double.”

The fatalities will likely include children, the governor said on CNN.

Among those killed was an 81-year-old woman, according to the governor.

On Thursday, Beshear called it “one of the worst, most devastating” floods in the state’s history, and said he anticipates this will be one of the deadliest floods in Kentucky in “a very long time.”

A flash flood emergency was issued in Kentucky late Wednesday as 2 to 5 inches of rain pounded the Bluegrass State.

As of Friday morning, central and eastern Kentucky remain under a flood watch, according to Beshear. An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected in eastern Kentucky through Monday.

For some areas, the water will not crest until Saturday, the governor said.

“While rain totals are not expected to be as high, flooding still remains a concern due to saturated grounds,” the governor tweeted.

The state is combating washed out roads, destroyed homes and flooded schools, according to Beshear.

“Hundreds” have been rescued by boat and many people remain stranded, Beshear said Friday.

Hundreds of residents are expected to lose their homes and it’ll likely take families years to recover and rebuild, he said.

Three of Kentucky’s state parks are being opened to people who have lost their homes, according to the governor.

President Joe Biden on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Kentucky.

ABC News’ Alexandra Faul, Kenton Gewecke and Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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