Nebraska sending help to those devastated by flooding in Kentucky

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The devastating floods in Kentucky have killed at least 16 people, including two children.

Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear said he expects that number to be much higher as they continue their search and rescue efforts.

“We will be in the search and rescue certainly for today and tomorrow and we are looking at one year’s worth at least of rebuilding,” Beshear said.

On Friday, Brad Thavenet of Nebraska Task Force One, arrived in Kentucky to help.

“He is coordinating FEMA search and rescue assets and resources. So he coordinates and oversees, helps give advice on what assets would be needed and what resources would be needed,” said a spokeswoman for Nebraska Task Force One.

Thavenet won’t physically be in the search and rescue team but will be helping coordinate rescue crews.

“They work to account for all missing persons, rescues and evacuations for that,” the spokeswoman said.

We also have Red Cross volunteers from our region on the ground right now.

“We have people from our region who have made their way or are making their way down there today to work in the shelters and to deliver meals, to make sure people are taken care of,” said Josh Murray, American Red Cross Regional communications director.

They say the best way Nebraskans at home can help those in Kentucky, is with their monetary donations to the American Red Cross.

“By calling 1-800-RedCross. Also, text the number 90999 and include the word RedCross, all one word that will get a $10 donation to disaster relief,” Murray said. “That will go into one pot, but it goes to where the immediate needs are and right now Kentucky is definitely at the top of that list.”

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