Kentucky Emergency Management
Governor Announces Presidential Disaster Declaration for March Winter Storm
Nearly half of Kentucky counties eligible for public assistance after deep snows, flooding
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2015) - Governor Steve Beshear was notified late today that President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky in designated counties that suffered significant damage during the March 3 severe winter storm, which included historic snowfall, flooding, landslides and mudslides.
This is the third federal disaster declaration granted this month for severe weather events that lashed much of Kentucky earlier this year. Snowstorms in February and March dumped as much as a foot of snow or more across the state, snarling traffic and shutting schools and businesses. In April, flash flooding caused more school closures, home evacuations and road washouts.
"Much of our state suffered a back-to-back wallop of severe winter storms in February and March, which stretched both snow supplies and human resources," said Gov. Beshear. "While our emergency responders and local officials did a great job making sure Kentuckians were safe, the damages and cost to local communities can be a heavy burden for local governments. We're grateful for the federal declaration and the opportunities it provides for our communities to recover from these storms."
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected governments and certain non-profit organizations under FEMA's Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Programs.
"This is the third major disaster declaration Kentucky has been awarded in the past two weeks," said Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management. "FEMA representatives are on the ground now in Kentucky, working on the previous disaster declarations. This third award will close the loop, providing badly-needed financial assistance to our local governments."
Public Assistance Program benefits (assistance to local governments for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities) are available for the following counties:
Under the Public Assistance Program, snow assistance is also available for:
All areas in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
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