Bodies of noble children found after being swept away by Kentucky floods
The bodies of the four young siblings who were swept away from their parents in the wild Kentucky floodwaters on Thursday have been recovered.
First responders found the bodies of 18-month-old Chance Noble and Maddison Noble, 8, in the Knott County township of Montgomery on Friday, a day after the bodies of Nevaeh Noble, 4, and Riley Noble Jr., 6, were discovered. according to The Lexington-Herald Leader.
The brothers and sisters were among at least 19 victims killed by flooding in the region that has engulfed entire Appalachian towns — a death toll expected to rise sharply when waterways finally begin to rise and recede, officials said.
The Noble children were wrenched from the grip of their parents, Riley Noble and Amber Smith, when a deluge flooded their home, a cousin of the victims told the newspaper.
“They went up to the roof and all the water below washed out with them and the kids,” Brittany Trejo reportedly said. “They managed to get to a tree and … held the kids down for a couple of hours before a big flood came and washed them all away at the same time.”
“Mom and Dad were stranded in the tree for eight hours before anyone came to help,” she added.
A desperate search for victims among survivors in the area was underway Friday night after violent, record-breaking flash floods devastated homes and businesses in some of the US’s poorest communities.
“I think the numbers are going to be really hard to say right now because some of the people haven’t gotten to them yet, and I’m sure some of the coroners haven’t been able to report them,” Kentucky State Police spokesman Shane Goodall said the point of sale.
The rain eased up Friday morning but water levels should rise by Saturday. More storms were expected to hit the region early next week, forecasters said.
With mail wires