Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Requests Federal Assistance for Communities Impacted by Storms

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has requested federal assistance from President George W. Bush as a result of the severe weather that impacted Kentucky in mid April 2007.

On 14-15 April 2007, a strong storm system moved through the Tennessee Valley bringing large amounts of rain to Eastern Kentucky. Rainfall totals varied from 0.61 inches to in excess of 4 inches in several Eastern Kentucky counties, resulting in flash flooding, mudslides, rockslides and damage to roads, public property and vital public infrastructure.

“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the Commonwealth and the affected local governments, and that supplementary federal assistance is needed,” Governor Fletcher said in the letter.

Under the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Act, Governor Fletcher is requesting that assistance be provided for Carter, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Martin, Perry and Pike counties.

Between the April 26 and May 9, 2007, FEMA conducted a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) with state and local officials in the affected counties to verify damage and estimate the amount of supplemental assistance needed.

As a result the total eligible damage reported by FEMA is $5,143,114 for debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads, bridges, equipment and utilities. The total damages were measured against the statewide population to give some measure of the per capita impact within the Commonwealth. Our threshold is $4,930.958.18 based on $1.22 per capita.

If granted funds will be limited to provide assistance to the Commonwealth, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations to alleviate suffering and hardship resulting from the severe weather April 14-15, 2007, for debris removal, implementation to emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.