PRATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WETM) – The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was reported missing and later died after he was swept away by floodwaters on Thursday.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the unresponsive 71-year-old Richard Kelley of Prattsburgh was located in the creek near Dinehart Crossing Road after he was last seen riding a UTV along File Mile (Trout) Creek when the water level rose significantly.
Sheriff’s deputies and investigators had responded to the area of Dinehart Crossing Road and State Route 53 to assist in the search for Kelley. A Steuben County Coroner, State Police, Steuben Emergency Management and Volunteer Firefighters from Prattsburgh, Hammondsport and Bath also responded to the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office is said it offers its condolences and prayers for the family of Kelley.
Sheriff Jim Allard is also reminding residents of the dangers of entering flooded areas. Currents that are often unseen from above can be powerful and cause people and vehicles to get swept away.
The region was hit by heavy rain early Thursday morning, which led to an areal flood advisory being issued shortly before noon in Steuben County. That advisory ended around 2 p.m.
Reports of the search first came into the 18 Newsroom around 2 p.m. on Thursday.