Authorities: 12 deaths in Bremen, 13 deaths in Dawson Springs due to overnight storms
W. KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Officials have been speaking to us about the devastating overnight storms that hit the Tri-State.
Authorities told 14 News on Saturday at least 12 people are dead in the area of Bremen, including District Court Judge Brian Crick. Kentucky State Police says the youngest death was a five-month-old infant, while the oldest death was 75 years old.
On Sunday, Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield reported at least 13 confirmed deaths in Dawson Springs.
Officials are asking people to stay away from damaged areas.
The sheriff says KY 81 in Bremen will be closed at nightfall.
No traffic or people will be allowed in the area of extreme damage once the sun goes down.
Police say all entrances to Dawson Springs are being guarded by law enforcement officers who will make contact with people in reference to what their business is in the area.
14 News got a first look at the damage in Bremen on Saturday at noon.
Gov. Andy Beshear made a stop this weekend in Hopkins County, which is a familiar area to him and his family.
His father Steve Beshear, who also served as Kentucky’s governor from 2007-2015, grew up in Dawson Springs.
Beshear even still has family living in the area, making the situation a bit personal.
“This is my second stop, it’s a special place to me,” Gov. Beshear said. “I spent about eight hours this morning making sure my cousin, who is here, was okay with her family. But, I know the outcome is so much worse for other families.”
The Governor also spoke from badly damaged Graves County around 10 a.m.
EMA officials in Hopkins County say people should call 270-825-5024 to locate family members who may be missing.
They stressed that the number is only to locate family members and not for reporting missing people.
A designated person will answer the phone to assist them.
Officials in Daviess County say the disaster is affecting their community’s wireless compunctions, and callers might not be able to reach 911.
There is also a boil advisory for water in Dawson Springs.
Here is a Saturday morning interview with an EMA official in Breman.
Here is our Saturday morning interview with law enforcement in Sacramento, Kentucky.
Authorities allowed our 14 News crews to ride along and capture video of the destruction.
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