This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
Residents of eastern Kentucky areas are experiencing one of the worst flooding events in Kentucky history.
It will take weeks to catalog the extent of the devastation, but emergency officials expect extensive property damage and loss of life. As of midday Saturday, 25 people have been confirmed dead and thousands are still without power, water, gas and other services.
Appalshop, a Whitesburg nonprofit media organization and Ohio Valley Resource partner, has compiled a list of resources for those directly affected by the storms seeking shelter, supplies or assistance in reuniting with loved ones.
At this point in the crisis, state officials are urging people who do not live in the area and who are not emergency personnel to stay away. Officials say search and rescue teams may need volunteers and contact them directly. Perry County says rescue volunteers should contact Jerry Stacy at 606-216-6621 and provide details of your location and abilities.
For those who are local onlyPerry County officials have a volunteer form which can be completed. These volunteers may be needed to transport supplies and people, distribute food and clothing, and document flood damage.
Here’s a map of where you can find shelters, donation drop-off points, pet care, and other resources in the area:
Be aware that there are still many blocked or flooded roads and washed out bridges in the area.
Those looking for a missing person in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher or Perry counties are encouraged to call Kentucky State Police Station 13 at 606-435-6069 instead of 911.
At this point in the recovery process, state officials recommend donating water and cleaning supplies and avoiding donating clothing.
Several organizations request clothing and items for infants such as baby food and diapers. If you give food, make sure it is non-perishable or canned.
Governor Beshear announced the creation of the state Team Kentucky Flood Relief Fund for people to make monetary donations in the aftermath of the storms. The initiative is similar to a fund set up after massive tornadoes tore through Western Kentucky late last year.
The National Weather Service canceled the day before flash floods for the region on Friday morning. Residents of eastern Kentucky will likely get a respite from the rain this weekend, but the storms could return Monday.
Here’s how to give money:
Team Kentucky Flood Relief Fund State-run relief fund
Appalachian Crisis Relief Fund Kentucky Appalachian Foundation
American Red Cross (You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.)
UKY Student Basic Needs and Perseverance Fund (for middle school students affected by the floods)
GoFundMe (These are verified pages only. Use your best judgment when contributing to online fundraisers.)