Four siblings are on the list of at the very least 26 individuals who have been killed by flooding in eastern Kentucky.
The kids range in age from two to eight yrs . old. Their cousin, Brittany Trejo, said on Facebook that four siblings had drowned but their parents, Amber Smith and Riley Noble, had survived.
In an image posted by Trejo, the four children have emerged posing for the camera. Eight-year-old Madison sometimes appears dressed up in a yellow jacket and smiling for the camera with a hand on the shoulder of sister Nevaeh, 4. With their right stand Riley Jr., 6, and Chance, 2, both wearing colorful jackets.
The bodies of most four children have already been recovered, Trejo said.
The search began on Thursday, July 28, when Trejo posted a note requesting prayers for the household.
Prayers for my children they find Ambers (sic) four small kids they’re missing in every this flood waters, Trejo wrote. She continued to create updates concerning the search until Friday morning, when she said that four children have been found.
On Saturday, Knott Country coroner Corey Watson confirmed to NBC News that four siblings had died in the flooding. Watson didn’t confirm their names.
Because the flooding, which includes left people without power, water and cellular phone service, teams assisted by the National Guard, have attempted both air and boat rescues. Many state roads are blocked because of the flooding, rendering it even more complicated to attain people in the hardest hit areas.
Its hard, its even harder for all those families and the ones communities, he said. Keep praying, theres still many people on the market, still many people unaccounted for. Were likely to do our far better see them all.
President Joe Biden issued a significant disaster declaration in Kentucky and ordered federal aid to be delivered to areas suffering from severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.