Northeastern Kentucky faced a night of heavy floods, resulting in at least one casualty. The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the heartbreaking news of the victim, 52-year-old Rosa Rowland, who resided on West Headquarters Road in Nicholas County.
During the flooding, Rowland reached out for help through a distress call to Carlisle Police Dispatch from her home. Despite the swift response from Nicholas County’s emergency services, the dangerous floodwaters and downed power lines obstructed their path to reach her in time.
Sadly, Rowland’s home was entirely swept away by the raging floodwaters, according to the Nicholas County Coroner’s Office. When emergency responders finally arrived, they found her residence gone, and the devastating news soon followed: Rowland’s life had been claimed by the merciless floods. Her lifeless body was discovered the following morning, about three-quarters of a mile downstream from her former home.
Nicholas County, located approximately 40 miles northeast of Lexington, endured an intense rainfall of 5 to 6 inches during the fateful night. The region’s sorrow deepens as the state also commemorates the one-year anniversary of another tragic flood in eastern Kentucky, which claimed nearly 40 lives.