Billy Ray Cyrus Pen’s message to fans affected by “devastating” flooding in eastern Kentucky

by Tiffany Goldstein

13 m ago

Eastern Kentucky experienced a record-breaking storm last week after several inches of rain dumped on communities in the Appalachian mountain region.

According to 10 WBNS, more than 30 people have been killed due to floods. The death toll is expected to rise.

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus took to his personal Instagram account late Sunday (April 31) night to help fans affected by the natural disaster and to support the rescue teams working through waterlogged areas.

“Praying for Eastern Kentucky and all those affected by the devastating flooding,” he wrote on social media.

That “Achy Breaky Heart” the singer went on to share helpful resources.

“Please visit @americanredcross if you can help,” he added, advising fans to contribute.

The country music community rushed to the comments section to empathize with those disrupted by the harsh weather conditions.

“So sad prayers go out to the people of Eastern Kentucky,” one supporter said. “This is devastating news Billy Ray. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Eastern Kentucky during this difficult time. 😢” said another.

Thousands of people were left without power and stuck on rooftops after the storm. Independent reported that the National Guard, state and local officials have been working tirelessly on “rescue operations.” Despite the recent downpour has National Weather Service confirmed that more thunderstorms and showers may cause further damage until Tuesday, August 2.

“If things weren’t tough enough for the people of this region, they’re getting rain right now,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in the capital on Monday morning. “Just as worrying are high winds – think how saturated the ground has been – it could knock over poles, it could knock down trees, so people need to be careful. And it’s going to be even harder when the rain stops. It’s going to be really hot and we have to make sure people are ultimately stable at that point.”

Cyrus was born in 1961 in Flatwoods, Kentucky – one of many areas devastated by the heavy rains. This isn’t the first time Cyrus has used her powerful platform to help others in need. Last summer, the platinum-selling performer urged fans to donate to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund after torrential rains hit several counties.

A new flash flood watch has been issued for eastern Kentucky from Monday evening through Tuesday morning. ABC News said rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches per hour. To pay it forward, go to redcross.org.

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