27 Kentucky counties receive federal disaster declaration

Roads like this were washed out through Kentucky from the flooding in February. (Environment and Energy Cabinet photo)Roads like this were washed out through Kentucky from the flooding in February. (Environment and Energy Cabinet phot

Twenty-seven Kentucky counties struck by severe weather earlier this year received a federal disaster declaration on Friday.

President Donald J. Trump issued a declaration stating that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from February 3 to February 29, 2020.

The disaster declaration means federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.

“We are thankful to receive this declaration to further assist Kentucky counties impacted by the widespread severe weather and historical flooding earlier this year,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This declaration comes at a time when we are all fighting against COVID-19, and whether we are working to repair and rebuild from flooding or the impact of this virus, I know as Kentuckians we will get through this and we will get through this together.”

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