/Death toll in Kentucky floods rises to 25, will 'likely increase' | USA TODAY

Death toll in Kentucky floods rises to 25, will 'likely increase' | USA TODAY

Kentucky Gov. Beshear says they now believe that “there are only 4 children and not 6” among 25 confirmed deaths.

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The announcement comes a day after Beshear and other officials grimly predicted the count would rise from earlier tallies taken shortly after torrential downpours led to historic flooding Wednesday and Thursday.

Saturday will likely be decisive, as the state continues recovery efforts in its hard-struck eastern Appalachian region. Emergency responders, who have rescued at least 300 people so far, hope to newly access flooded communities, as branches of the Kentucky River and other waterways receded from historic levels.

Beshear warned of what rescuers may find in the aftermath. “Our death toll has risen to 25 lost, and that number is likely to increase,” Beshear said.

“We are still in the search and rescue phase.”
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