Magoffin, Floyd and Knott Counties, KY Flash Flooding, June 1910

FIFTEEN PERISH; SCORE MISSING.

THREE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY VISITED BY DISASTROUS CLOUDBURST.

MANY HOMES WRECKED.

BODIES OF TWELVE OF THE VICTIMS RECOVERED -- HEAVY PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Salyersville, Ky., June 29. -- Fifteen people are known to be dead. Fifteen additional are reported as being dead, and fully forty are missing tonight as the result of a cloudburst, which came late last night in Magoffin, Floyd and Knott Counties Kentucky.
The known dead as reported here tonight are:
MR. and MRS. ROACH GAYHART and their son ERNEST.
WM. CONLEY.
MRS. WM. CONLEY.
MRS. JOHN SHEPPARD.
MR. and MRS. JOHN WIREMAN and their three children.
KENTON WHITTACRE.
WM. BAILEY.
An unidentified woman whose body was seen near Paintville this morning.
The fifteen who are not known to be killed, but who are supposed by the residents here to be, include:
JOHN SHEPPARD.
CLYDE ROACH GAYHART.
MRS. JOHN BEVERLING and her two children.
C. BENJAMIN WHITTACRE, a brother of KENTON WHITTACRE.
Twelve of the bodies of the people mention in the list of known dead have been secured by the workmen in Salyersville, and the towns affected by the terrible cloudburst which broke over the section of Kentucky last night. Three others have been reported seen by people in this district. Late this afternoon, when additional reports came in from sections lying near Salyersville, it was estimated by the people here that fully forty have been killed in the floods and that forty are missing from their homes.
It has been raining in this section for the past three days, and the rivers and streams were all full of water when the downpour from the cloudburst broke over this section. Instantly several houses in this section were carried from their foundations and were swept into the streams.
Tonight many of the people in these three counties are homeless as the result of the terrific storms. Several lives are believed by the residents of counties to have been lost, besides those accounted for above.
The property damage is estimated to by fully $100,000, and the losses in stocks and grains will go to even higher figures. The complete estimate of the floods is reported tonight to be fully a quarter of a million dollars.
On Middle Creek, Floyd County, 30 houses, as many barns, and several stores have been washed away. Four railway bridges in that section were also washed from their moorings.
In Knott County, near Hindman and Prestonburg, fifteen dwellings, and as many barns have floated away with the waters. Such streams as Beaver Creek, Middle Creek, White Horse Run and the Licking River are crowded with floating debris and dead horses, mules, cattle, and smaller stock.
All of the bodies recovered have been found tangled in the debris of the wrecked houses and this gives the people the idea that as many more are in the houses that have been swept down stream. Searching parties have been organized, and every bit of the debris will be gone over thoroughly for the missing bodies.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1910-06-30