One killed, several missing in Kentucky flooding

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 14, 2015 12:26 AM

By Steve Bittenbender

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - One man was killed and seven other people were reported missing after a series of storms and a flash flood ripped through a section of eastern Kentucky, authorities said on Tuesday.

A man drowned on Monday night after getting out of his car on a flooded road in the Johnson County community of Flat Gap, about 125 miles east of Lexington, authorities said.

The flooding, caused by strong storms that pummeled the Ohio Valley region from Monday afternoon and into early on Tuesday, washed homes off their foundations and threw vehicles on top of each other. Authorities said seven people were missing although that number could change as communications in the area improve.

Nearly 50 members of the Kentucky National Guard as well as authorities from surrounding counties were helping local officials conduct searches and check on residents, authorities said.

Gary McClure, the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management director, estimated that about 150 homes were damaged, all within an 8-mile stretch.

In addition, about 60 homes were badly damaged by flooding near the city of Morehead in Rowan County, Kentucky Emergency Management agency spokesman Buddy Rogers said.

(Additional reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Michael Perry and Will Dunham)