Search for missing man turns into recovery operation

The edge of the flooded creek in Bracken Co (FOX19 NOW)
The edge of the flooded creek in Bracken Co (FOX19 NOW)

BRACKEN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Crews in Augusta, Kentucky have transitioned to recovering the body of a man reported missing after destructive floods hit his home over the weekend.

Teams had been searching for Delmar Nickoson, 82, since Sunday morning when a rush of water pushed his mobile home into a tree, crushing it to pieces.

"It shot right straight into his yard and it caught his mobile home and it was probably 50 to 100 feet from where it was sitting," a resident said.

Six inches of rain caused flash flooding that swelled Bracken County creek, damaging and washing away homes in parts of northern Bracken County late Saturday and early Sunday.

Debris piles stretched more than 100 feet wide and 12 feet deep. Many of the rescuers said they had never seen anything like it, according to Search and Rescue Coordinator Alex Hyrcza.

"We really need a few days of really warm weather to dry out the area and also heat the body up so we can get more evidence for the dogs to find," Hyrzca said.

Cadaver dogs and rescue crews have canvased the area since Sunday. A final recovery effort will be made Saturday.

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