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Death toll from Eastern Kentucky flooding rises to 40

Severe Weather Appalachia
Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-14 09:33:28-04

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — 40 people have now died from July's historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

"Sadly, this individual was lost during clean-up efforts in Pike County," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "Each of these individuals is a child of God, and we mourn with all of their loved ones and all of Eastern Kentucky."

The news comes as the FEMA says continued rental assistance may be available for people in 12 eastern Kentucky counties who were affected by the flooding.

The counties are Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Whitley.

To be eligible, residents must have been awarded initial rental assistance and must have used it as intended. The initial award covered two months.

To request an application, contact FEMA at (800) 621-3362. Homeowners and renters who haven’t applied for disaster assistance can apply online at, call FEMA, or use the FEMA mobile app.