Thursday, March 20, 1997
Body of 20th victim

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Rescue workers have found the body of the 20th victim of spring floods in Kentucky.

Benny Lanham, 27, of Stanley was one of two men who disappeared while canoeing March 9 in Green River floodwater.

Rescue workers from the Daviess County Fire Department found Mr. Lanham's body Tuesday about 150 yards from the area where he was last seen, said Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe.

The floodwater from the Ohio and Green rivers had fallen to about 8 inches where Mr. Lanham's body was found.

Mr. Lanham, his brother, Tommy Lanham, and a friend, Scott McFadden, were canoeing when one of them stood up and tipped the canoe, Mr. McFadden told authorities. Mr. McFadden was the only survivor.

Rescue workers continued Wednesday to search by boat for the body of Tommy Lanham.

Of the about 300 people listed as missing in Falmouth in Pendleton County after the floods, all but about 70 had contacted a hot line set up by the local state Division of Disaster and Emergency Services, county DES director Craig Peoples said Wednesday. And he said most of those probably haven't gotten word that they're on such a list.

''The Red Cross says they are down to just one name on their list, so we're trying to get together with them and maybe we'll have zero names this time tomorrow,'' he said.

Meanwhile Wednesday, students returned to West Point Elementary School for the first time since the Hardin County town was evacuated about two weeks ago.

Many of the school's 219 students had to be bused from temporary housing in other towns and neighboring Jefferson County.

The state DES said Wednesday that so far, 222 applications for the individual and family grant program have been approved, for a total of $1.2 million. The program is administered by the state, and the money is tax-free and does not have to be repaid.

It must be spent on disaster-related losses, such as home repair, replacement of essential lost items, transportation or medical and dental expenses.

Only one Red Cross shelter - in Cynthiana - remained open Wednesday. The agency is still operating 19 service centers in towns hit hardest by the flooding.