Flooding in eastern Kentucky, July 2022

29 Jul 2022


Areas of eastern Kentucky are experiencing catastrophic flooding after heavy rainfall July 27 and 28th. The rain caused severe damage and killed at least 16 people. Waters rose quickly during the night, giving people little to no time to evacuate their homes. The most severe flooding has been reported in the towns of Hazard, Jackson, Garrett, Salyersville, Booneville, and Whitesburg as well as the rural parts of Perry County. Areas of West Virginia and western Virginia near the Kentucky border were flooded as well.

The rain was part of the same weather system that caused flash flooding in St. Louis, MO on July 26th. Record-breaking rainfall inundated the city overnight, flooding homes, streets, and businesses in some neighborhoods. Both the Kentucky and St. Louis events are considered 1-in-1,000-year flooding events.



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