Two people dead, six missing after Kentucky flash flooding

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 4:34 PM

(Reuters) - Two people have died and six were missing nearly two days after flash flooding hit eastern Kentucky, and officials confirmed on Wednesday that two of the missing had been swept away by flood waters.

Kentucky State Police officials said the two carried off in Johnson County, about 125 miles east of Lexington, were listed as missing persons.

Authorities believe the other four have been unable to notify family members living outside the area, state police Captain Sean Welch said.

In addition to the missing, Herman Eddie May, 56, drowned Monday evening after leaving his car on a flooded road, while the body of Willa Mae Pennington, 74, was found Tuesday afternoon amidst flood debris.

The flooding was caused by a series of storms that hit the Ohio Valley Monday and Tuesday. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency when floods damaged houses in Rowan and Johnson counties.

Elsewhere in the region, a 67-year-old man was found dead on Tuesday night after his vehicle was swept into a creek near Charlestown, Indiana, 20 miles north of Louisville.

An autopsy performed Wednesday gave a preliminary indication of drowning as the cause of Edwin Flaherty’s death, said Jim Hash, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

(Reporting by Steve Bittenbender; Editing by Ben Klayman and Eric Walsh)