Beshear asks for disaster declaration


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has asked for a federal disaster declaration in eastern Kentucky following heavy rains that caused flooding, washed out roads and forced people from their homes.

If the disaster declaration is approved, it would provide federal funding to help with cleanup efforts.

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Storms hit the eastern part of the state on Aug. 19-23, with the counties of Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike being hit the hardest.

A Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency found more than $6 million in damages.

The request is the first from Kentucky since tornadoes hit a section of eastern Kentucky in 2012.


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