Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear points to the hope of God’s word amid the devastation the flood brought to the state. He declared God’s promise in the book of Joshua, “the Lord is with you.”
The heavy rain poured on eight counties within five days, flooding them with rushing water. It has displaced thousands of families while many still remain without electricity.
A news media outlet reported that at least 14 died in Knott County, including four children. And more than 1,400 residents were rescued by boats and helicopters.
Nonetheless, the Kentucky governor leaned on God’s protection and ever-present help in times of trouble. He said, “In the book of Joshua, God says, ‘be strong and courageous, do not be frightened, do not be dismayed; for the Lord God is with you wherever you go.”
“And as I stood at the site where we lost those four children – nothing remains of that house,” he added. “But a little plastic swing is still sitting in the back where they would push one or two of those children, the oldest being just in second grade. Tragedy just hits all that more home.”
Scientists explained that “training thunderstorms,” or storms that repeatedly move across the same place over a short time, and Kentucky’s geographical site, are the perfect combinations for a deadly flood. The rainfall estimates to be 14 to 16 inches, undoubtedly causing the heavy downpours.
CBN’s Operation Blessing rushed to aid the survivors. They helped families remove debris and served warm meals to 5,000 residents and local emergency personnel. Moreover, they brought 140,000 pounds of relief supplies and delivered them to the affected.
Production Chef Ben Bennett released a statement. He said, “No matter how low you can go, there’s always hope, a way up, and a way out. If we can do nothing more than serve them some food, a meal, and a bottle of water, they can see that we care and we love them. And to me, that’s what it’s all about.”
Reference: CBN News