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Disaster Declaration for Eastern KY approved by President Biden

From Crystal Staley/Scottie Ellis

Frankfort, KY - On July 29, 2022, Gov. Beshear said President Joe Biden has approved his initial request for federal aid to assist with recovery efforts in 13 Eastern Kentucky counties devastated by historic flooding.

Federal funding is available to the commonwealth, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in the counties of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth.

"We thank President Biden and the federal government for being responsive in the commonwealth's time of need. We asked for this last night; it came this morning - one of the fastest disaster declarations we've seen, and we are grateful for it," Gov. Beshear said.

"To all the families that know you've already sustained a loss, we're going to grieve with you, we're going to support you and we're going to be here for you, not just today, but tomorrow and in the weeks and years to come."

Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, attended Friday's 10:30 a.m. Eastern time media briefing and has named Brett H. Howard as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

"On behalf of the president, we are here to support you now, and we will also be here to assist you as you go through your recovery, as long as you need us," Criswell said.

This story was posted on 2022-07-30 00:01:43
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