National Guard Sent to Flood-Plagued Eastern Kentucky as Search Continues for Missing Victims

A National Guard caravan enters a checkpoint, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on their way to help with search and recovery efforts after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky. Searches and cleanup continued after flash floods in northern Johnson County, outside of Paintsville, destroyed homes and vehicles and several residents were reported missing. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)
A National Guard caravan enters a checkpoint, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on their way to help with search and recovery efforts after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky. Searches and cleanup continued after flash floods in northern Johnson County, outside of Paintsville, destroyed homes and vehicles and several residents were reported missing. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

A convoy of National Guard vehicles and heavy equipment including excavators and dump trucks, are heading into the hardest hit area of flood-plagued eastern Kentucky on Wednesday morning as crews prepare to resume searching for the missing.

Two people were killed and six disappeared in a raging flood that hit the area Monday afternoon.

Rescue crews combing the hilly Appalachian terrain Tuesday were hampered by more heavy rains, swarming mosquitoes, soupy humidity and knee-deep mud.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency to give local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in recovery efforts.

Authorities say the search area stretches more than 8 miles, from the town of Flat Gap south to Staffordsville — a rural area with 500 homes and 1,200 residents.

SOURCE: AP

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