Biden pledges help for flood-ravaged communities

By Robin Bravender | 08/08/2022 04:07 PM EDT

The president toured eastern Kentucky, where flooding has killed dozens of people and remains a threat.

First lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk to board Air Force One for a trip to Kentucky to view flood damage. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Joe Biden today vowed that the federal government will help rebuild storm-ravaged communities in Kentucky.

“We’re staying until everybody’s back to where they were,” Biden said today as he toured the state with Kentucky officials.

Dozens of people were killed after the state experienced historic flooding. The National Weather Service has warned of more thunderstorms through Thursday (Greenwire, Aug. 8).


Biden pointed to bipartisan infrastructure legislation as a resource that can help the state rebuild. If a community is rebuilding a water line, he said, it can also dig a new line for internet connections.

“We’re gonna come back better than before,” the president said. “We’re the only country in the world that has come out of every major disaster stronger than we went into it.”

At least 37 people have died in the state since a historic storm dropped 8 to 10 ½ inches of rain in only 48 hours, according to the Associated Press.