U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement today regarding the severe weather in Kentucky:
“Over the last week, heavy rains and strong winds caused widespread destruction across Kentucky. Sustained rainfall has led to devastating flooding in many communities, especially along the Ohio River.
“The high waters have closed dozens of roads, and some areas are reporting dangerous mudslides. The extent of this flooding hasn’t been seen in my state since the 1997 flood. And in addition, the National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in Western Kentucky. The entire Commonwealth is under a state of emergency because of the damage caused by this severe weather.
“I was saddened to hear reports this morning that these destructive storms have claimed the lives of three Kentuckians. Many are still struggling to stay safe.
“As they always do, Kentucky’s emergency personnel responded quickly and professionally to the storms and the aftermath. Rescuing many individuals from their homes or their cars, these dedicated men and women continue to do everything they can to protect Kentuckians in need. They have our sincere gratitude.
“Although the sky has cleared, there is more rain in the forecast for this week. My staff in the state and I will continue to monitor this situation as it develops throughout Kentucky.”