1 dead, 3 rescued after car swept away by high water


TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Weekend heavy rain led to flooding problems in several locations in Kentucky, resulting in at least one death and one injury.

In Spencer County, one person died while three others were rescued, when the car they were in attempted to cross a bridge where water was over the road, early Monday morning.

According to a Facebook post by the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District, “We received a call at 1:42 am of a swift water rescue on Old Heady Road near the Jefferson County line. A vehicle with four people in it attempted to cross the wash over bridge which was flooded.”

The TSCFD says they rescued one adult female, “using a throw bag that was hanging on to a tree downstream. Firefighters next located a child that was about 1/4 of a mile downstream that had made it to the bank. Then another child was located downstream on the bank by a KSP Trooper.”

Shortly after 8 a.m., a property owner spotted the body of the missing man and called the fire district.  They were able to recover the victim about ¾ to a mile downstream from the bridge.

A precipitation station located only a couple miles from the site of the rescue, measured 2.79 inches of rain, for the 24-hour period that ended at 7:00 on Monday.

Heavy rain in Powell County caused a mudslide that collapsed the home of an elderly woman, around 6 Monday morning.  Fourteen agencies sent 50 people to the scene, where they were able to rescue her more than four hours later, by digging her out of the home by hand.

"She was in a little void space that was a matter of inches, and basically when she came out she said that she was asleep in bed when all that happened," Assistant Stanton Fire Department Chief Eddie Barnes told media outlets.

The woman reportedly suffered only minor injuries.  The Kentucky MESONET reported over two inches of rain fell near Powell County during the previous 24 hours.

Reports of flooding have also been made in several other Kentucky counties, but no injuries.

The northern half of Kentucky remains under a flash flood watch through Tuesday. 


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