Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Emergency Relief Funding For Hart County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $79,700 Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) grant for Hart County.  Funding will be used to the repair and replacement of telecommunication lines.

            “Last November, Hart County had a devastating tornado strike, damaging many homes and businesses,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding will help residents and business owners become fully operational once again.”

            A tornado struck the city of Munfordville on November 6, 2005.  Many residents and businesses, whose homes and buildings were damaged by debris, were without electrical power and telecommunications.  CERF funding will be used to assist in the reimbursement of the costs for repair and replacement of existing telecommunication lines damaged by this storm.  The lines are owned and operated by the South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative (SCRTC).

            “Tornados have ravaged the lives of many individuals,” said Senator Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield).  “This funding will help the community of Munfordville get back on its feet.”

            Governor Fletcher declared a state of emergency for Hart County on November 6, 2005 after surveying the damage.  As part of that declaration, the Kentucky National Guard was directed to send 40 troops to assist state and local law enforcement in patrolling the area. 

            Representative Terry Shelton (R-Magnolia) said, "This is a great example of how local and state government can work together to pick up the pieces when severe weather takes place. I am pleased to see almost $80,000 towards our efforts to replace and repair the telecommunications lines here in Hart County."

            Early estimates placed the damage costs in Hart County at $2.1 million.  According to initial damage assessments, 44 homes and two businesses suffered major damage, 34 homes and six businesses had minor damage and 25 homes were deemed uninhabitable.

            CERF funds are part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and are provided to give communities a means to restore infrastructure or housing that severe weather or natural disasters negatively impact.  As part of the Commonwealth’s allocation from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated $1,000,000 for 2006 with the maximum amount of $250,000 of CDBG funding per project.  Only communities that have experienced a disaster and have a Declaration of Emergency from the Governor may submit an application for these funds.  CERF is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.