Kentucky Emergency Management
OFFICIALS RECOVER FIVE DROWING VICTIMS IN THREE SEPARATE ACCIDENTS
FRANKFORT, Ky: (Dec 22, 2013) -
Emergency Officials in Ballard, Carroll and Nelson Counties have
notified Kentucky Emergency management (KYEM) of the recovery of five drowning
victims in three separate accidents involving flood waters this morning.
Nelson County officials were notified of a vehicle
trapped in flood waters of the Rolling Fork River along Walter Hall Road and
Dee Head Road, near New Hope, KY.
Apparently a vehicle drove into the water with five people inside, two
were able to escape and the three remaining were trapped inside. The victims’ bodies have been recovered and
turned over to the local coroner for identification and official cause of
death. The two who escaped were taken to
Flaget Memorial Hospital where they were admitted and for treatment of
hypothermia. Their condition is not known at this time. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is
handling the investigation.
Joe Prewitt, Nelson County Emergency Management Director,
said, “This is such a tragic loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to the
victims’ families. This is a stark reminder why we caution people to never,
NEVER attempt to drive through, walk through or allow children to play in flood
Another drowning occurred in Carroll County, near
Carrollton, KY. along Gilgal Road where
a person was trapped underneath a four wheel ATV when it was overturned by
flooded creek water. The victim’s body
has been recovered and turned over to the Carroll County coroner for
identification and cause of death, as well.
The third drowning accident occurred in Ballard County
where an abandoned vehicle was found in a flooded ditch and the victim’s body
recovered shortly thereafter. The
Ballard County corner is on the scene at this time.
Overnight storms brought high winds and heavy rains
statewide, and many creeks, streams and water ways remain high as the excess
water runs off. Several flood warnings
remain in effect along some of Kentucky’s rivers and streams. The National Weather Service Office in Louisville
has confirmed a EF1 tornado near the community of Greensburg, KY. Harrison County responders reported two
mobile homes, several barns and outbuildings damaged or destroyed. Elsewhere, high winds caused scattered minor
power outages and minor wind damage to trees and out buildings. No additional injuries were reported to the
Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and no state assistance
has been requested.
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