Two people still missing after flooding in eastern Kentucky


Floods in Eastern Kentucky

“Catastrophic” flash floods hit parts of eastern Kentucky on July 28, 2022.

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Search and rescue workers in eastern Kentucky are looking for two women still missing from last week’s flooding, Breathitt County Coroner Hargis Epperson said Thursday.

Nancy Cundiff and Vanessa Baker, both of Breathitt County, are missing, Epperson said.

Cundiff’s adoptive mother died in the flood. Funeral services for Ruby Cundiff were taking place in Breathitt County on Thursday afternoon.

In the case of the Cundiffs, who lived at Clayhole, Epperson said, “The water overcame them in the house so quickly they just couldn’t react and it swept them both away, the house and everything.”

An obituary for Cundiff, 69, a housewife, said she was survived by husband Larry Cundiff and three daughters including Nancy Cundiff.

Baker’s family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Matthew Gayheart said the two were the only people missing according to police.

“We searched all the areas and we will search them again,” Gayheart said.

The total number of flood deaths remained at 37 as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

Writer Valarie Honeycutt Spears covers K-12 education, social issues, and other topics. She is originally from Lexington with roots in southeastern Kentucky.

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