HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU
FRANKFORT –Gov. Steve Beshear has asked President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance to persons in four counties recovering from last month’s flooding.
Letters supporting Beshear’s request also were sent to the White House from U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Thomas Massie.
Strong storms from July 11 to July 20 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which claimed lives, washed out roads and forced people from their homes in several communities, Beshear said.
In his letter to Obama, Beshear noted the four deaths attributed to the flash flood that destroyed the mountain community of Flat Gap in Johnson County.
Beshear is asking for a major disaster declaration of assistance for people in the counties of Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble.
“This (storm) system produced prolonged episodes of heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and isolated tornadoes which caused flooding, flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides,” Beshear wrote in the letter requesting the declaration.
“The impact of this weather has severely affected a large portion of the Commonwealth.”
He said 30 counties and 11 cities issued local states of emergency.
In addition to the request for individual assistance, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have also been conducting joint damage assessments for public assistance in the impacted counties to determine federal eligibility.
Beshear issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for all of Kentucky on July 13.
The Commonwealth’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center were activated.
Beshear also issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging in the sale of goods and services in the state, and implementing other provisions to protect Kentucky consumers.