One man died and as many as 11 others were missing Tuesday morning after flash flooding in Johnson County.
Coroner J.R. Frisby said Tuesday nine to 11 people remained missing from the Flatgap and Ramey Branch area after flooding with severe storms Monday night. He said one or two of those missing were children.
Frisby said the man who died had gotten out of a vehicle and tried to walk through floodwaters along Patterson Creek in Flatgap. He said it was not clear whether the man fell or was bumped by a floating car, but the man drowned before onlookers pulled him from the water.
Frisby said the man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of his family.
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The Red Cross set up shelters in Johnson and Rowan counties, which were thought to have gotten the worst of Monday’s flooding, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
The Ramey Branch Mobile Home Park in Flatgap flooded, damaging “pretty much every trailer in there,” said Jeannie Kennard, deputy director of emergency management. She said about 40 to 50 homes were thought to have been damaged.
Rowan County Emergency Management director Ronnie Day said a small creek along U.S. 60 East overflowed its banks, damaging 70 or 75 homes, as well as outbuildings, cars, roads and bridges.
He said four water rescues were conducted, but no injuries were reported.
He said the full extent of the damage would be assessed beginning Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service said more thunderstorms were likely before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
WKYT-TV meteorologist Chris Bailey said big storms were likely to develop across the region. He said there was an “incredibly high” threat of more flash flooding.
The state remained under flash-flood watches, one of which expires Tuesday night and the other Wednesday morning.
The weather service’s Louisville office said the ground has been saturated by recent heavy rains, and the additional rain would “not be handled well.”
“The most widespread flash flooding is expected to occur along and east of I-65,” the service said.
Near downtown Lexington, there were reports of two vehicles trapped in high water Monday afternoon, but in both cases the motorists got out before rescue crews arrived, fire department Battalion Chief Joe Best said.
A basement wall collapsed at a house on Courtney Drive, but no one was injured, he said.
Standing water prompted cancellation of the Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair on Monday night.
In addition to the flooding, there were many reports of downed trees and power outages.
In Laurel County, a pickup truck hit a tree that had fallen across Ky. 490 about three miles north of London during a storm Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. No one was injured.
The weather service said a slight chance of thunderstorms continues for most of this week and early next week, but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are expected to be mostly sunny, with highs in the 80s.
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