The Kentucky flood update leaves death toll climbed to at least 25 by Saturday.
According to the state’s governor the situation may certainly “get worse”.
According to Gov. Andy Beshear the immediate goal sites “to get as many people to safety as possible”.
Officials described the flood as unprecedented for the region.
So far, the National Guard members from Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, as well as by officers from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Police rescued hundreds of people by air.
“It is a really hard thing right now, with how wide the destruction is (and) areas that are impacted, to get any firm number on people that are missing,” said Beshear, urging residents to report missing persons.
But tragedy still struck.
One family experienced the devastation of losing all four children during the Kentucky flood.
As waters began filling the mobile home of Amber Smith and her husband, Riley Noble, early Thursday morning, the couple had only minutes to get their four young children dressed and escape.
But hours later on Friday afternoon, all four children laid lifeless in Knott County, the Lexington Herald Reader reported.
Maddison Noble, 8, Riley Jr., 6, Nevaeh Noble, 4, and Chance Noble, 2, were among the victims of the deadly Kentucky floods.
According to the Smith’s cousin and NYT, Brittany Trejo, the couple got a flash flood alert at 2 a.m. on Thursday. The family climbed to the top of their trailer to wait out the flood.
But the Kentucky flood waters powerfully swept the home away. Nevertheless, the parents held on tight to their children. They managed to float to a nearby tree. They shouted for help, Trejo said, recounting what Smith told her about the tragic encounter.
The couple held their kids for as long as possible. But the power from the flood waters eventually swept them away.
“The rage of the water took their children out of their hands,” Trejo told the Times.
The grieving parents remained stranded at the tree for about 8 hours until help arrived.
After one sibling’s body was found, the family had to endure the wait of finding their other missing children. But by Friday afternoon, all four bodies were discovered.
Family members recalled how tight knit the young family was.
The kids’ uncle, Steven Smith spoke out to the Times. He said, Riley and Chance always played together. Even in death, their bodies were found the closest to each other.
“I know they hung on to each other till the very end,” Steven Smith said.
A GoFundMe created by Trejo for funeral costs has raised more than $38,000. She shared a text message from Smith, 23, who said, “Thank You all Truly From the bottom of my heart I appreciate all the help.”
Gov. Andy Beshear said in a press conference Saturday’s Kentucky flood update that search and rescue missions are ongoing, and that the death toll will continue to rise.