Secretary of State
Grimes Visits Flood-Damaged Eastern Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 06, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Following recent devastating and historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky counties, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to businesses and survivors to assist in recovery efforts.


In Johnson County, Grimes visited first responders at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and toured the areas that were most affected by the floods. Grimes also delivered school supplies for Johnson County Middle and High School students, which were donated by her office and the offices of Auditor Adam Edelen and Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer.


Grimes also assessed flood damage in Powell County, where she met with victims of the disaster and honored Lester Robinson, who lost everything in the flood, and his dog, Fiesty, who woke and saved his sleeping owner just moments before their mobile home was swept away by rushing water.


“The recovery from the tragic flooding last month will be long and difficult,” said Grimes. “But Kentuckians are proving once again that we are resilient and generous people. We can be confident that if we continue to work together, these counties will rebuild.”


Grimes is also establishing a temporary office at the Johnson County Public Library to provide business services and voter information to survivors. Hours for the on-site location are:

·         Thursday, August 6 - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Friday, August 7 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Saturday, August 8 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


“My office is glad to bring our services from Frankfort to Eastern Kentucky to better help those who have been affected by the floods,” said Grimes. “Just as we did following the deadly tornadoes in 2012 and the crippling ice storms early this year, we’re eager to do our part as businesses and residents recover.”


The on-site effort is part of the Johnson County Multi-Agency Resource and Recovery Center, a one-stop assistance center for flood survivors. Other agencies participating include the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Division of Vital Statistics, Red Cross, and Christian Appalachian Project.


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