US President Joe Biden flew to eastern Kentucky on Monday to assess damage from severe flooding that wiped out homes and vehicles last week and killed at least 37 people.

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Governor Andy Beshear, will visit families affected by the disaster, the White House said, before participating in a briefing on emergency relief efforts in Lost Creek, Kentucky.

The couple will also visit the affected families after the briefing, and then Biden will make comments.

After days of heavy rainfall, extremely hot weather hit the region as families struggled to recover from the flooding.

The arduous task of cleaning up and rebuilding began last Wednesday as the water receded and remote areas became more accessible. Mountains of muddy rubble, overturned vehicles, and houses broken off their foundations were common sights.

Survivors, gathered in temporary shelters in the affected area, described the harrowing experience of escaping the rapidly rising waters with little more than their lives.

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About 400 members of the Kentucky National Guard fanned out to supply hundreds of cases of water and aid recovery, Beshear said last week.

The US president last week approved a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, freeing up federal funds for emergency relief.


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