Kentucky Flooding Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An infant and her father were among six people killed when a strong line of storms brought heavy rains and widespread flooding across the state.

Police say 31-year-old Christopher Richardson and his 1-year-old daughter Hannah died after their car slid off Interstate 65 north of Elizabethtown late last night.

Christopher Richardson died at the scene. Hannah Richardson was taken to a Louisville hospital, where she passed away this morning. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Gayle Norris said Hannah Richardon's death was consistent with a drowning.

Fire officials in Lexington say two women were swept away after trying to walk across a flooded roadway around 2 a.m. (eastern time).

Witnesses said 25-year-old Lindsey Harp of Frankfort and 25-year-old Lauren Fannin of Lexington were pulled under by the current. Their bodies were found this morning.

According to the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Kernel newspaper, the two women graduated from Georgetown College before attending the University of Kentucky's for their graduate programs in Nursing and Pharmacy.

Another woman in Jessamine County died after driving her vehicle into high water.

The rain also led to the death of a 66-year-old southern Kentucky woman. Police say Juanita Carneal was killed yesterday morning after her car hydroplaned off the road and into a guardrail. It had been raining for several hours at the time of the crash.

Up to eight inches of rain fell in some areas of the state, with more rain expected as a cold front pushes its way eastward.


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