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Storms lead to flash flooding in multiple counties, one death reported in Nicholas County

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Jul 30, 2021

CARLISLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — One person died in flash flood waters in Nicholas County Friday morning.

According to the Carlisle Emergency Management Director, Calvin Denton the incident happened around 3:45 a.m. Floodwaters washed a trailer off the foundation on KY36.

A woman from the trailer got caught in the floodwaters and swept away.

The woman has been identified as 66-year-old Deborah D. Ritchie.

Officials say Ritchie was found dead 20 minutes later.

There is extensive damage to Main Street in downtown Carlisle.

Portions of eastern Kentucky experienced significant flash flooding Friday morning after an overnight torrential downpour.

Many counties in central and eastern Kentucky also dealt with historic flooding earlier this year, between the end of February and early March.

49 counties and 31 cities across the Commonwealth declared states of emergency.

LEX 18 will continue to update this story as more information comes in.