Department for Local Government
Trimble County receives grant for flood repairs and prevention

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 28, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced a Flood Control Matching Grant to assist Trimble County with cleanup and repair costs resulting from the severe storms and flooding that struck the county on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The Flood Control Matching Grant for $137,915, combined with local cash and in-kind contributions and a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, will fund the removal of debris and creek rock from five local creek areas, cleanup mudslides and stabilize the creek banks using rock and cement to prevent further erosion and future flooding. 

“I commend Trimble County officials for their quick response in aiding and mending their community during and immediately following these severe storms,” said Gov. Beshear.  “This grant will assist with the continuing clean up efforts, but will also help protect public and private lands from future flooding and erosion.” 

According to Trimble County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens, the record rainfall from Aug. 4 destroyed previous flood mitigation measures, leaving homeowners stranded, filling creeks with rock and debris and making roads impassable.  Judge Stevens says that the creeks cannot handle normal water flow, so that even a small amount of rainfall at this point could lead to further flooding. 

“This funding is absolutely a lifesaver,” said Judge Stevens.  “It gives me chills to think about tackling a project this big with the county’s limited means of equipment and funds.  Without the help Gov. Beshear and DLG, we wouldn’t be able to help our citizens recover and rebuild.”

The judge said the largest amount of damage was on Hardy Creek Road, where the creek flooded the banks and became so turbulent that it covered or removed 300 feet of the roadway. 

The state’s Flood Control Matching Grant Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), assists state and local governments with the conservation of soil, water and other natural resources.
Gov. Beshear declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth following the August storms and requested a federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama. The President approved the Governor’s disaster declaration request for individual assistance on Aug. 14. Public assistance was added to the declaration on Aug. 24.