Heavy Kentucky Floods Kill at Least One
Aug. 23, 2003
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Flooding in central Kentucky swept a home into a creek Friday, killing a young boy, as a heavy storm felled trees, downed power lines and dropped several inches of rain in less than two hours. Two other occupants of the home were missing.
Franklin County Coroner Mike Harrod said the body of a 5- to 6-year-old boy was found Friday evening along the banks of Stony Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River.
Teams looking for the missing pair scoured the rocky, hilly area north of Frankfort using helicopters, a boat and search dogs.
Area resident Roger Smith witnessed the house's slide into the water.
``I saw it wash away with a woman and probably a 3-year-old baby,'' he said.
A woman was at a window, but the house washed away before rescuers could reach it, Smith said. He watched as the walls of single-story home collapsed and its roof fell in.
``The house was gone. It took seconds,'' Smith said.
Storms swept through central Kentucky packing large hail and lightning, and were moving south Friday evening, the National Weather Service reported. Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect Friday afternoon.
Weather service meteorologist James Brotherton said the storm dumped 5 to 6 inches of rain on Franklin County between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Downed trees blocked U.S. 60 between Frankfort and Versailles, and high waters stranded two school buses in Franklin County, officials said. No one was injured, and fire crews pulled the students off the buses and either drove them home or took them to a fire station, where they were picked up by their parents.
Police in Frankfort briefly closed several city streets due to heavy flooding, but reopened them by Friday evening.
Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said a firefighter was struck by lightning and was in stable condition at an area hospital.
LG&E spokeswoman Debbie Shobe said that 11,000 customers were without power Friday evening, most of them in the Louisville metropolitan area.