More rain to strike already drenched and devastated eastern Kentucky as region remains in search and rescue mode after fatal flooding
Days after deadly flooding in eastern Kentucky claimed the lives of at least 25 people
more rain on Sunday will threaten some of the hardest-hit areas as rescuers are still looking for missing residents and thousands struggle to recover without cell service and power.
"The forecast is concerning, and we're watching it very closely, obviously. We also are sending out warnings and making sure everyone knows," said Col.
Jeremy Slinker, the Kentucky emergency management director.
A flood watch is in effect through at least Monday morning for parts of southern and eastern Kentucky
where between 1 and 2 inches of rain could fall Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service
Local areas may see higher amounts.
There is a level 3 of 4 moderate risk for excessive rainfall Sunday across southeastern Kentucky, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
The ominous forecast comes as crews in eastern Kentucky are still searching for people who remained unaccounted for early Sunday
following the devastating flooding that inundated homes and swept some from their foundations Thursday as people rushed for higher ground.
Officials believe thousands have been affected, and efforts to rebuild some areas may take years, the governor has said.
The state's estimated losses are potentially in the "tens if not the hundreds of millions of dollars," Beshear noted Saturday.
More than 10,000 homes and businesses in the region were in the dark early Sunday