Gov. Beshear Requests Major Disaster Declaration from Federal Government for Historic Flooding
Declaration would help people, communities affected by flood
Frankfort, KY (STL. News) Gov. Andy Beshear filed a petition to President Joe Biden now asking a Major Disaster Declaration be issued for a number of the worst flood in Kentucky history, following unprecedented rain caused flash flooding, mudslides and landslides throughout the commonwealth.
“This flooding was some of the worst in my lifetime, damaging about 2,000 homes and destroying infrastructure, including some of our roadways, and we are asking the president to declare a disaster to provide both individual and public assistance that is needed to help our people and our communities rebuild,” stated Gov. Beshear. “This flooding, just days after harsh winter storms left tens of thousands without power, was the latest in a line of devastating setbacks, but our people are strong, we are resilient and we will build back.”
From Feb. 26 into March 1, Kentucky undergone over seven inches of rainfall in four Southcentral and Southeastern Kentucky counties. Flooding happened on the Green, Kentucky, Licking, Ohio, Red and Mississippi rivers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has conducted joint impairment evaluations and validated over 2,000 affected homes in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin and Powell.