Officials are preparing for an increase in flood deaths in eastern Kentucky this weekend as the scope for destruction remains high.

As of Saturday morning, 25 people have been reported deceased after the area was flooded by strong rains and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Homes and businesses can be seen in photos that are partially submerged in the murky flood waters. Streets resemble rivers.

filled with floating tree branches, abandoned automobiles, and the remains of dwellings the current had carried away.

Community members are starting to clean out the flood-damaged homes in areas where the water has retreated, revealing the storms' destruction.

Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky said it may take weeks to locate all the casualties and that the number of fatalities is expected to rise.

In a video posted on Friday, Beshear said, "We may have lost the whole family as well." At least four children were among the victims,

Teams of search and rescue personnel continued their hunt for the missing Friday night with the National Guard's assistance.