Stories of survival after the floods that swept through Kentucky and St. Louis

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A 98-year-old grandmother watching the water rise in her Kentucky home, people waiting in trees and rooftops for rescue, and children at a summer camp stuck in rising floodwaters – it’s not are just a few of the survival stories emerging from the massive flooding caused by a deluge of rain in eastern Kentucky and the greater St. Louis area this week.

FOX Weather reporters have been embedded in communities where flood rescue and recovery efforts are underway.

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Missy Crovetti shared a photo of her 98-year-old grandmother, Mae Amburgey, sitting on her bed surrounded by floodwaters at her Whitesburg home in Letcher County. Corvetti told FOX Weather she posted the heartbreaking image on Facebook while desperately trying to find help for her grandmother and uncle. Both are recovering in hospital after swimming for their lives, according to Corvetti.

Also, In Letcher County, FOX Weather correspondent Katie Byrne learned more about a viral photo of a woman pictured before her rescue sitting on a roof with her dog in a crate. Only the top of the roof is visible above the flood waters.

Bryne said the woman put her dog in a floating container and swam to a neighbor’s roof, where she waited for hours to be rescued.

Bryne also spoke to residents looking for relatives, but cell service outages are delaying reunification.

People were trying to salvage their belongings from the mud and debris from the floods in a neighborhood of Hazard, Kentucky.

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“We’re all struggling,” Woodrow Dunn said. “But everybody helps everybody, so that’s a good thing, I guess.”

FOX Weather’s Max Gorden was covering rescue and recovery efforts in Hindman, Ky., in Knott County, which has seen the highest death toll from the flooding.

“It’s a tight-knit community, everyone knows everyone, and it seems like everyone I talk to either knows a family that’s lost someone, or they know someone who’s lost,” said Gorden said.

Survivors described talking to a woman on the phone who was trapped in the floodwaters, and the line was cut when the floodwaters washed away her home.

More than 330 people displaced by the floods are in shelters in eastern Kentucky, according to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. More than 70 people were rescued by air and hundreds more by boat, the only way to access some affected areas. Three residences for the elderly were evacuated.

Three Kentucky state parks are open to flood victims who need a place to stay.

One of the hardest-hit areas is the town of Jackson in Breathitt County, where FOX Weather correspondent Will Nunley reported floodwaters are still moving roofs and debris from homes.

“It’s the result of these mighty flood waters and creeks just breaking up houses and bringing all this creek water here to the river and bringing it downstream to where other flooding issues are. produce,” Nunley said of the river behind him.

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Early Friday, fog hampered helicopters searching for survivors and supplying areas cut off by high water. These flights resumed once the fog cleared.

Evacuations were ordered in a community near Jackson because officials feared the area could be breached. Officials are still keeping a close eye on the kerchief.

St. Louis experienced a 1 in 1,000 year flood event for the first time on Tuesday, and torrential rains returned on Thursday.

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According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood emergency was issued because St. Louis rainfall totaled nearly a foot in parts of St. Louis County, with rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour. Fire and rescue crews worked to remove 55 people from flooded homes on Tuesday, and others were rescued when their cars were submerged in floodwaters.

FOX Weather correspondent Mitti Hicks was reporting from Gateway City, where residents are still shocked by the amount of rain and the damage left behind.

The second round of heavy rain stranded motorists and flooded a day care center where a summer camp was underway, and a local priest was rescued from his car.

Firefighters said they managed to transport six children from the Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church to a drier location.

“This street where we’re standing here was completely under way yesterday,” Hicks said Friday. “It was a different story here 24 hours ago.”

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