Knott Co. Coroner confirms three more flood-related deaths, state total now 19

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Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 3:00 PM EDT
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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knott County Coroner confirmed three more deaths as a result of flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

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That brings the county total to 14. The state total is now up to 19.

“Our neighbors are six of those,” said Bill Weinberg, a Knott County native. “But it’s more than that. When it is said and done.”

Four children died in Knott County as well. Their bodies were recovered Friday after floodwaters swept away their home. Neighbors said the parents tried to hold on to them and they even threw ropes in hopes of helping them, but the young children were taken. The coroner confirmed all four had been recovered by Friday afternoon as the death toll climbed into the teens.

The floodwaters were so strong it ripped asphalt right off the top of the roadways and destroyed or heavily damaged some bridges making travel treacherous.

“I’ve lived here for 56 years and this is the largest water I have seen in town or county wide,” said Mayor Tracy Neice.

Neice added he believes the process to get back to normal could take months or longer. There were many homes destroyed by flood water.

“City limits, a minimum of 200, probably close to 4, 2 to 400 homes in city limits,” he said.

While people search for loved ones and try to recover, public services are being restored. Power was back in much of Hindman today but some services like water could take longer.

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