Beshear orders state of emergency after flash flooding leaves one dead

07/14/2015 12:53 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency a day after severe weather pounded the state, creating widespread flooding in some eastern Kentucky counties and killing a Johnson County man.

The declaration, announced in a news release Tuesday, gives local officials access to emergency state resources as they contend with the storms’ aftermath. Beshear said more severe weather was forecast later Tuesday.

“The declaration is a part of the process to identify what assistance is needed in these counties because of the storms,” Beshear said in a statement. “We will work with our local and federal partners to measure damage and make sure each community has access to appropriate resources.”

In Johnson County, The Lexington Herald-Leader reports an unidentified man drowned after exiting his vehicle and attempting to walk through floodwaters and up to 11 people remain missing after Monday’s flash flood. Rowan County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Day told the newspaper flooding affected about 75 homes and four water rescues were conducted.

The Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and Red Cross are assisting in Johnson County, and shelters have been established in Johnson, Rowan and Jefferson counties, according to the governor’s news release.

Twitter user Josh Hitchcock sent cn|2 video of a home being wiped away by flood waters in Paintsville on Tuesday. Hitchcock said that his family lost their home in the flooding.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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