Flooding claims 5 lives in Kentucky

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Five people have been killed in flooding caused by a strong storm system that swept through most of Kentucky over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.

The bodies of three people were pulled from Rolling Fork River in central Kentucky Sunday morning after their vehicle was swept away in flood waters, state Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers told The Associated Press.

Two people managed to escape and authorities were investigating how the vehicle ended up in the river, he said.

In Carroll County, Rogers said a person drowned after a four-wheeler attempting to cross a flooded waterway overturned, trapping the victim. That body was also retrieved Sunday morning.

And in Ballard County, a body was discovered around 2 p.m. near a car that had been abandoned in a flooded ditch, Rogers said.

None of the victims has been identified.

"We just stress ... don't try to drive through or walk through flooded roadway and waterways," Rogers said.

Rogers said the storms also caused some minor damage and scattered power outages throughout the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sharp in Louisville said water in most of the flooded areas was receding and that flooding advisories had been canceled.

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