Gov. Beshear ‘thankful’ flooding disaster declaration approved, but still more work ahead

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Two weeks after Gov. Beshear requested a major disaster declaration after devastating flooding, the White House ordered federal assistance to Kentucky.

“So many families and communities were hurt by this historic flooding, and we thank President Biden for working so quickly to grant this relief,” Gov. Beshear said. “I will be traveling to affected counties next week to help inform those who have been impacted on how to apply for relief.”

Heavy rain from Feb. 26 to March 1 caused significant flooding along the Green, Kentucky, Licking, Ohio, Rolling Fork and Mississippi Rivers.

The federal assistance activates individual and household assistance for more than 2,300 impacted homes in Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell counties.

“Individuals in those counties will be able to apply for about between 30,000 and 40,000 dollars from the federal government to help rebuild those homes and help rebuild their lives,” Beshear explained on Saturday.

The declaration also includes Public Assistance for Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, Morgan, Ohio, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle and Wolfe counties.

U.S. Representative Andy Barr (KY-06) and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (KY-05) are also advocating for additional FEMA assessments to expand the declaration for several counties in their districts that were not included in the original request.

Gov. Beshear says he will submit an additional request for FEMA assessments of homes in counties that were not included in this declaration. “We’re going to continue to push to try to make sure as many are included as possible. We still need to do more work to get them approved, but we’re going to put in that work.”

“We’re very appreciative of the major disaster declaration from President Biden for the recent severe flooding event,” stated Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management. “We look forward to working with our FEMA Region IV partners in moving quickly to authorize payments for individual assistance to our many citizens who were displaced due to damages from the record flooding.”

On Saturday, The Governor said he still does not know when the portal to apply for assistance will open. He said local agencies will assist individuals when the time comes.

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