The Latest: Search resumes for 6 missing in Kentucky floods

FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Search crews are combing the hilly Appalachian terrain in Kentucky after floodwaters killed two people and left six others missing.

Here is a look at the latest developments:


11:15 a.m.

Two men, still missing two days after a flash flood ravaged this eastern Kentucky community, were last seen being swept away by the rushing water.

Police on Wednesday confirmed that those men are officially classified as missing, while the fate of four others remains uncertain, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Mounts said at a Wednesday morning press briefing.

The Monday afternoon flood in rural Johnson County killed at least two, and rescue teams continue an arduous search through knee-deep mud and miles of wreckage for the others.

Police reported Tuesday that six people were unaccounted for. While eye-witness accounts confirm two were swallowed by the water, officials said the other four reported missing by their families might be safely evacuated or stranded in their homes, without power or phone service. Rescue teams are going door-to-door to try to find them as desperate families wait for word.

Seven cadaver dogs are aiding in the search in the most devastated area, which stretches eight rugged miles, from the town of Flat Gap south to Staffordsville, about 120 miles east of Lexington.


9:45 a.m.

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure says the search for the six missing in floodwaters has resumed in eastern Kentucky.

He said flood waters have receded and creeks are back in their banks despite a second round of thunderstorms that hit Tuesday night. He said a burst of rain caused some minor flash flooding away from the hardest hit areas, but nothing significant.

Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby says crews will go back over the same areas again as well as start new searches to find the missing.

Two people died in raging floodwaters that hit Monday.


8 a.m.

A convoy of National Guard vehicles and heavy equipment including excavators and dump trucks, are heading into the hardest hit area of flood-plagued eastern Kentucky on Wednesday morning as crews prepare to resume searching for the missing.

Two people were killed and six disappeared in a raging flood that hit the area Monday.

Rescue crews combing the hilly Appalachian terrain Tuesday were hampered by more heavy rains, swarming mosquitoes, soupy humidity and knee-deep mud.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency to give local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in recovery efforts.

Authorities say the search area stretches more than 8 miles, from the town of Flat Gap south to Staffordsville — a rural area with 500 homes and 1,200 residents.