On Monday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Kentucky to personally witness the damage from deadly and devastating storms that have resulted in the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history.
Since the flooding started last month, 37 people have already died.
Andy Beshear informed Biden that authorities expect to add at least one more death to the total.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service said that flooding remains a threat, warning of more thunderstorms through Thursday.
On their visit, the Bidens were greeted warmly by Beshear and his wife, Britainy, when they arrived in eastern Kentucky.
According to reports, upon arrival, the Bidens immediately drove to see the devastation from the storms in Breathitt County, stopping at the site where a school bus, carried by floodwaters, crashed into a partially collapsed building.
Beshear reported that the flooding was “unlike anything we’ve ever seen” in the state and credited Biden for swiftly approving federal assistance.
Besher also praised responders who “have moved heaven and earth to get where we are, which is about nine days from when this hit.”
Meanwhile, Biden pledged the federal government’s continued support by attending a briefing on the flooding’s impact with first responders and recovery specialists at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Lost Creek.
“We’re not leaving. As long as it takes, we’re going to be here,” Biden said.
Biden asserted that politics have no place in disaster response, noting his frequent political battles with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“We battle all the time on issues,” Biden said.
“We’re all one team,” Biden added.