President Declares Disaster for Kentucky Floods

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in parts of Kentucky affected by floods and winter storms during early April 2015.

This means that federal disaster aid will be made available to Kentucky to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the affected areas. Kentucky Governor Beshear had requested federal assistance in April, soon after the floods had struck. U.S. Senators. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul along with U.S. Representative Hal Rogers sent a letter to the President last week urging him to approve the request.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected areas of Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan, and Scott counties.

According to a statement made by FEMA, the financial assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

At the time of the storms, Governor Beshear declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

The US National Weather Service said that 5.64 inches (143 mm) of rain fell in Louisville on 03 April 2015. Lexington saw 5.17 inches (131mm).

Over 100 emergency rescues had to be carried out in Louisville alone. One woman died after she was swept away in her car by flood water in Lee County. Another woman died after she was hit by a falling tree blown down by the storm at the Natural Bridge State Resort Park

How to Apply for Assistance

Affected individuals and business owners in designated areas can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov