Kentucky avoids more rainfall as state reels from devastating flooding

Kentucky should stay mostly dry until the weekend.

August 2, 2022, 8:09 AM

At least 37 people have been killed in Kentucky's devastating flooding, which Gov. Andy Beshear has called the most "devastating and deadly" of his lifetime.

Among those killed are four siblings -- ages 8, 6, 4 and 2 -- who were swept away in the water, according to family members.

PHOTO: Siblings Nevaeh Noble, Riley Noble, Chance Noble, and Madison Noble, who died during flooding in Kentycky, are pictured in undated family photos.
Siblings Nevaeh Noble, Riley Noble, Chance Noble, and Madison Noble, who died during flooding in Kentycky, are pictured in undated family photos.
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The number of deaths "will grow," the governor said.

Over 1,300 people have been rescued from flooded areas, the governor said Tuesday.

PHOTO: Members of the Tennessee Task Force One search and rescue team wade through the debris-filled Troublesome Creek, after a search dog detected the scent of a potential victim in Perry County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
Members of the Tennessee Task Force One search and rescue team wade through the debris-filled Troublesome Creek, after a search dog detected the scent of a potential victim in Perry County, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
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PHOTO: Reggie Ritchie comforts wife, Della, as they pause while clearing out their home destroyed by the flooding from Troublesome Creek behind them in Fisty, Kentucky, on July 29, 2022.
Reggie Ritchie comforts wife, Della, as they pause while clearing out their home destroyed by the flooding from Troublesome Creek behind them in Fisty, Kentucky, on July 29, 2022.
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Kentucky was bracing overnight for new storms moving through the already flood-ravaged areas. But Beshear said Tuesday morning that the ground stayed "pretty much dry" overnight.

A few passing showers are possible on Tuesday but the state should stay dry through Sunday, when residents may get hit with more rain.

PHOTO: A Perry County school bus, along with other debris, sits in a creek near Jackson, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
A Perry County school bus, along with other debris, sits in a creek near Jackson, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
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PHOTO: Volunteers work at a distribution center of donated goods in Buckhorn, Kentucky, following historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
Volunteers work at a distribution center of donated goods in Buckhorn, Kentucky, following historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
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But a new weather challenge this week will be extreme heat, Beshear warned Tuesday. The heat index -- what temperature it feels like with humidity -- will be near 100 degrees, Beshear said, and he urged residents to go to cooling centers and be careful while cleaning up debris.

Beshear said he'll visit more areas impacted by flooding on Tuesday.

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear answers question from residents of Knott County, Kentucky, that have been displaced by floodwaters, at the Knott County Sportsplex in Leburn, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear answers question from residents of Knott County, Kentucky, that have been displaced by floodwaters, at the Knott County Sportsplex in Leburn, Kentucky, on July 31, 2022.
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President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration.

PHOTO: A firefighter from the Lexington Fire Department Search and Rescue team checks on a dog during a targeted search on Highway 476 where three people are still unaccounted for, July 31, 2022, near Jackson, Ky.
A firefighter from the Lexington Fire Department Search and Rescue team checks on a dog during a targeted search on Highway 476 where three people are still unaccounted for, July 31, 2022, near Jackson, Ky.
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ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway, Julia Jacobo, Alex Faul and Kenton Gewecke contributed to this report.

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