APPALACHIA RISES: Here’s how you can help Kentucky flood victims

As of Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll rose to at least 30.
As of Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the death toll rose to at least 30.(Live 5)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 12:01 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 7:16 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WCSC/WKYT) - As devastating flash flooding hit several counties in Kentucky, organizations have taken the initiative to help those affected.

As of Tuesday, the death toll rose to at least 37. More than 1,400 Kentuckians have been rescued by first responders, WKYT-TV reported.

If you would like to donate money to relief efforts for flood victims, here are three organizations that can get help where it is needed:

Beshear said on Sunday that dozens of bridges were destroyed in the floods and that the damage to critical infrastructure is hampering efforts to help residents, including those whose water systems were damaged. The governor says communications issues also exist.

The National Guard estimates about 400 people have been rescued by helicopter.

About 13,000 utility customers in Kentucky remain without power over the weekend.

Bashear ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the families suffering from the floods.

The Better Business Bureau is reminding people that scammers often taken advantage of these types of situations, and to always make sure your donations are going to a legitimate charity or non-profit.

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