Secretary of State
Grimes Visits Flood-Damaged Eastern Kentucky Counties
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
“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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