What we know so far about the victims in historic eastern Kentucky flooding

Rayleigh Deaton and Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Weather News

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As of noon Saturday, 25 deaths have been confirmed across the eastern Kentucky counties impacted by Thursday’s flash flooding.

What is known about the confirmed deaths

Of the victims, 14 were from Knott County, four were from Breathitt County, three were from Perry County, two were from Letcher County and two were from Clay County. Four of the victims are children, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Victims from Knott County

Beshear said the victims from Knott County included four children, a 63-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman.

The four children have been identified as Maddison Noble, 8, Riley Noble Jr., 6, Nevaeh Noble, 4, and Chance Noble, 1 1/2, a relative told the Herald-Leader. The victims were swept away from their parents in the flood on Thursday. The mother and father, Amber Smith and Riley Noble, were found alive.


Victims from Perry County

Nellie Mae “Nell” Howard, 82, was at her daughter’s house near a small creek in the Chavies community when the flood came Thursday, said Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle, who is Howard’s great-nephew.

He said the water “was so quick and furious she couldn’t escape.”

Howard loved to cook and grew beautiful roses, her granddaughter said.


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