UPDATE: Fourth confirmed dead in Johnson County, KY flooding

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UPDATE (9:56 p.m. 7/17/15)

The fourth man, Scott Johnson has been found and confirmed dead. 

Johnson, who went under water after saving his elderly grandparents and several nieces and nephews, was found Friday night, July 17, just North of the site where crews were staged all week long.

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UPDATE (11:13 a.m. 7/16/15)

Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby said three are confirmed dead and one is still missing after floods ravaged the area. Kevin Scott Johnson, who went under water after saving his elderly grandparents and several nieces and nephews, has yet to be found.

Frisby reported all four people who were unaccounted for have been found.

Searchers are continuing to search the area for Johnson.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.

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UPDATE-

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) –
Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby tells WYMT that a third body has been found after the severe flooding this week.

Frisby says a 22-year-old man was found dead, but he couldn’t say the name of the victim when we talked to him Wednesday.

This story will be updated.

UPDATE (3:52 p.m. 7/14/2015)

Johnson County Coroner Jr. Frisby tells WOWKTV.com that emergency crews have recovered the body of a second person who was killed after flash floods hit Johnson County. KY Monday night.

Frisby says the body of 74-year-old Wilma Pennington was found in the Volga area along RT 172. 

Emergency crews located the body of a man on Monday night. Frisby says that man has been identified as Herbert Eddie May.

Kentucky State Police said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that at least six people are still unaccounted for. 

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure said about 50 rescues have been performed in the last 24 hours and that they are still in active search and rescue mode.

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UPDATE (10:45 a.m. 7/14/2015)

At least seven people are still missing in Johnson County, KY following flash flooding on Monday.

During a press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Trooper Steven Mounts with the Kentucky State Police said several people are unaccounted for, but that does not necessarily mean they are missing. Flood waters have blocked off all means of communication and it is possible those who remain unaccounted for have gotten to safety, but are unable to contact loved ones, Mounts said.

The Johnson County coroner confirmed a man did die as a result of the flooding. His name was not released.

The worst of the flooding happened in the Flat Gap Community along Ramey Branch. Highways 172 and 201 were both closed on Monday because of the excessive flood waters. About 40-50 homes were damaged or destroyed by the flooding.

Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure said about 50 rescues have been performed in the last 24 hours and that they are still in active search and rescue mode.

About 47 soldiers with national guard with vehicles along with volunteers within Johnson County and surrounding counties, are assisting in the search.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Paintsville Recreation Center located at 232 Preston Street in Paintsville.

State Police and Emergency Management officials encourage the public to stay away from the area. They said the area is still hazardous with downed power lines, trees and road damage.

Officers are stopping vehicles from Flat Gap down Highway 172 to Kentucky RT 40 and checking identification. Anyone not permitted to be in the search zone will be turned away.

If you have been impacted by these storms or know someone who has please contact Paintsville Emergency Management at 606-789-2260 or come to the shelter.

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ORIGINAL STORY

One person is dead and more than 11 others are still missing after flash flooding hit Johnson County on Monday.

The Johnson County coroner says one person drowned in the Flat Gap Community.

The man who died had gotten out of his vehicle and tried to walk through flood waters along Patterson Creek in Flat Gap, according to CBS affiliate WKYT. It is unclear whether the man fell or was bumped by a floating car, but he drowned before onlookers pulled him from water.

The name of the man has not been released.

Rescuers are still searching for at least 11 people who have been reported missing after the flooding hit.

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The Kentucky National Guard will be sending troops and a mobile command vehicle to help with coordinate communication and assist in the search and rescue.

The worst of the flooding happened in the Flat Gap Community along Ramey Branch. Highways 172 and 201 were both closed on Monday because of the excessive flood waters.

Johnson County Emergency Management Officials say 40-50 homes were damaged or destroyed by the flooding.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Paintsville Recreation Center located at 232 Preston Street in Paintsville.

If you have been impacted by these storms or know someone who has please contact Paintsville Emergency Management at 606-789-2260 or come to the shelter.

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