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 waters!”

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.

For weather and flood warning information for your area visit www.weather.gov.

For highway conditions and posted road closures visit www.511.ky.gov or call 511.

For weather safety tips, valuable resources and to ‘like’ KYEM on facebook and to ‘follow’ on Twitter, visit www.kyem.ky.gov. 







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