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Mason County DES and Buffalo Trace Search and Rescue have their command center located near Bracken Creek and Kentucky 435 Sunday to conduct a search for a missing person. Greg Taylor is shown talking to a member of the media.

BROOKSVILLE -- A Bracken County man, Delmar Nickoson, is missing after flooding apparently washed away his mobile home late Saturday or early Sunday during heavy rainfall.

Bracken County Judge-Executive Earl Bush said search and rescue officials were notified of the situation Sunday morning when residents of a home located in front of the mobile home site on Kentucky 435, Augusta Minerva Road near Bracken Creek, noticed at daylight that the trailer was gone.

Search and rescue crews were out Sunday trying to locate Nickoson, 82, Bush said.

"Unless he got up and got away from it... it doesn't look good," Bush said. "Right now, all we can do is keep searching. We have crews set up for a controlled search, so we can keep track of everyone. There's a lot of water in the area still, but we're going to keep doing everything we can."

On Sunday at 7 p.m., a press conference was held at the Needmore Grocery Store on Kentucky 435 in Augusta.

During a press conference, Buffalo Trace Search and Rescue Captain Ron Nadicksbernd said the crews would continue to search until dark.

"We know (Nickoson) was home; that was confirmed by the family. We won't know anything else until we get the dogs out," he said. "We will continue to search and do everything we can."

Nadicksbernd said having to leave a search without answers each day was difficult for everyone involved.

"I know it hurts the family," he said. "It bothers us just as if does family. We're doing the best we can."

Nadicksbernd said there will be another press conference Monday at 11 a.m. at the store.

A family living along Bracken Creek on Kentucky 8 in Augusta also lost its home, Bush said. The Dustin McCane family escaped unharmed from the flooding but the mobile home where the family lived was destroyed, he said.

Bush said he went to check the property Sunday morning.

"It looked like a disaster area," he said.

A portion of Kentucky 435 between Kentucky 8 and Needmore has been reduced to one lane after flood water undermined the edge of the roadway, Bush said.

Bush said there was property and road damage all over the county, but Augusta seems to have taken the brunt of the storm's damage, as Second Street and Fourth Street were flooded for a short time. Several cars were damaged by the flood water.

The Augusta boat dock was washed away from heavy flooding, according to Augusta City Council Member Jackie Hopkins.

The boat dock can hold up to 20 boats and was full, according to officials.

"All of the boats broke free," she said. "They floated down the Ohio River. I believe most, if not all, of them have been found."

One of the boats, a house boat, floated to the Meldahl Dam in Foster, which is roughly 10 miles from Augusta.

Hopkins, along with others, went to retrieve the boat on Sunday.

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"They had to shut the plant down due to everything that was floating down the river, including boats and docks," Hopkins said. "They had to pump the houseboat out because it was taking on water."

According to Hopkins, the river levels in the area of the dam reached 100 feet.

"The river is at 100 feet, so they're hoping (the houseboat) doesn't sink there," she said.

Hopkins also posted on her personal Facebook page that the Augusta Irish Pub would be closed Sunday due to the flooding.

Hopkins said the flooding was the worst she had ever seen.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen anything like it. It looked like something right out of a Stephen King novel."

A trailer park behind the Corner Cafe in Augusta was also cut off by flooding, leaving residents stranded, according to owner Mike Taylor.

Taylor said there are nine mobile homes in the trailer park and everyone had been able to get out of the park safely with the exception of the three homes in the back.

"They can't get out without knee high boots on," he said. "I'm doing what I can to try to get the water out of the park to help them."

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