UPDATE: Multiagency recovery center offers help for Nicholas County residents

UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 6, 2021 AT 5:06 P.M.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Various agencies from across the state are offering help to Nicholas County residents as they recover from the historic flooding that came through last week.

“This historic storm was a shock and a setback to many Kentuckians in Nicholas County, but I’ve been so inspired by the way they’ve come together – neighbor helping neighbor – to get back on their feet,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you again to each partner agency assisting families at the recovery center, and to FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and the SBA [U.S. Small Business Administration] for their quick start on joint assessments of the damage. If you need help, please take advantage of the resources available at this one-stop-shop recovery center.”

“We’re appreciative of the support from Nicholas County and Carlisle officials and our state cabinet partners in hosting the first day of the well-attended multiagency recovery center,” said Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

Dossett added, “This one-stop service center affords homeowners and business representatives the opportunity to engage with our state resources for information and assistance in the beginning stages of the recovery effort from this severe flooding event. Looking forward, as the FEMA and SBA joint assessments are completed this week, we are hopeful of a timely determination for eligibility in federal assistance.”

Governor’s Office of Constituent Services
The Governor’s Office of Constituent Services is helping direct participants to the local/state resources on hand at the resource center. Staff members are also referring participants to additional resources that are not represented on site and will be making follow-up contacts after the event to ensure participants have the information and resources they need.

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Office of Entrepreneurship/KY Innovation
KY Innovation Hub partners from the SOAR region are staffing a booth Friday and the Morehead Small Business Development Center will staff the booth Saturday. Each of the helpers lives and works in Eastern Kentucky and has experience with prior floods and other natural disasters in the region. Community and economic development is their mission.

The assistance they provide starts with greeting and listening and includes individualized connections with needed information and resources. Some community members need social services – such as food and shelter assistance – and some need further information on the FEMA process. Contact information for those visiting the resource center is being collected. Also, the recovery center provides an opportunity for those involved in economic development to listen to the needs of community members – beyond just immediate disaster relief – and plan for innovation, entrepreneurial expansion and economic development efforts for the community and region.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), Office of Vital Statistics
The Office of Vital Statistics answered the call to assist and provide information on replacing lost records, including birth certificates, to citizens who lost records in the recent Nicholas County flooding.

Kentuckians are also able to receive assistance from behavioral health and food stamp programs managed by CHFS.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Waste Management
Division of Waste Management personnel are on site today working with Nicholas County and City of Carlisle officials to assess debris management and disposal issues associated with the recent flooding. The division is assisting local officials to identify staging areas for collection of household debris and other items that can be accepted by landfills, and to locate other dump sites for woody debris for future processing. Tires are being segregated and placed in another staging area for removal by a tire recycler.

An emergency cleanup grant will be issued to Nicholas County for the disposal of the collected flood debris. The total amount of grant funding has not been determined at this time. Local residents should direct questions regarding debris collection and disposal procedures to Nicholas County officials.

Kentuckians are also able to receive assistance at the recovery center from this Cabinet’s Division of Water.

Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, Department of Revenue
Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Revenue are available onsite through Saturday to answer any tax filing and tax information replacement questions for individuals affected by the flooding. Taxpayers requiring additional information or assistance on individual income taxes may contact the Department of Revenue at (502) 564-4581. For questions related to Corporation Income Tax and Pass-through Entities, contact (502) 564-8139.

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund
KHC staff are at the center to provide Nicholas County renters information about the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund and to offer information about local community resources that could help displaced residents.

Many who were impacted by the flood are considering relocating or purchasing homes elsewhere in the county. KHC is connecting them to local lenders and is providing information about mortgage and down payment assistance programs as well as available rental units in the area to provide long-term solutions.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Office of Unemployment Insurance
Staff are offering general information on filling out unemployment insurance applications.

Video tutorials and helpful information can be found at https://kcc.ky.gov.

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, Department of Insurance (DOI)
DOI is providing assistance and information to Nicholas County flood victims related to insurance claims and other losses. Depending on an individual’s insurance policy, flood damage to homes, cars and other losses may or may not be covered. DOI authorities on the ground are working to help answer questions and connect people with the best pathways to recovery.

Services are also available from the Nicholas County Cooperative Extension.

UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 4, 2021 AT 5:47 P.M.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – A multiagency recovery center will open this week to help the residents of Nicholas County following the historic flooding on July 30.

All state cabinets and state partners will come together to assist residents’ needs in one place. Representatives from state agencies will be available to help residents and business owners with farm aid, insurance, consumer protection, housing, public health, economic development and small business recovery and environmental protection.

The recovery center will be located in the Nicholas County Elementary School gymnasium at 133 School Drive in Carlisle. It will be open Friday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our goal is to bring every possible resource to this one location, so that we can address many different types of issues as quickly as possible,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “In addition to the center, Kentucky Emergency Management leadership is in communication with local officials to help secure temporary housing for those displaced by the flood. Right now we are looking at several options.”

“The center will be hosted by the Division of Emergency Management in concert with Nicholas County to simplify the process of providing guidance and assistance in navigating federal and state recovery programs to those most impacted by the severe flooding event.” stated Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management. “Seeing the destruction on the tour yesterday and speaking with residents and business owners further highlighted the need to assist this community in every way possible.”

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AUGUST 3, 2021 AT 5:37 P.M.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2021) – NICHOLAS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear issued a state of emergency following a severe storm on July 30 in Nicholas County.

The Governor also sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in Nicholas County.

Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman visited Nicholas County Tuesday afternoon to tour the damage from the severe storms and torrential rain late last week.

“We are grateful for the immediate outpouring of assistance for Nicholas County provided by numerous volunteers and members of Team Kentucky, but our people still need help,” Gov. Beshear said. “That’s why I filed an emergency order and requested Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments from FEMA. To the people of Nicholas County, your neighbors are here for you, and we are working to provide relief.”

According to the governor’s office, the county received 4.07 inches of rain, which caused major flash flooding in downtown Carlisle and along Brushy Fork Creek, causing multiple road closures, flooded streets, and inundated vehicles.

One resident died of drowning.

Approximately 80 homes and 30 businesses have been destroyed by flooding. Nicholas County officials estimate over $1.5 million in infrastructure damage, including the city’s sewer system, which is still not operational, according to Governor Beshear.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has been on site since Friday morning to provide assistance to local officials.

County and city officials currently are performing damage assessments. Once complete, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will then be asked to perform a Joint Damage Assessment for Public and Individual Assistance.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has provided heavy equipment to assist the City of Carlisle clear debris and is working to address standing water with abatements.

The Kentucky National Guard Armory is being used as a flood response resource distribution center and is available for residents to use showers. Multiple volunteer organizations have also been activated to support residents.

“We have been working with county and city officials on a coordinated response to assist with sheltering and emergency services,” stated Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.  “We are requesting federal assistance in the form of a joint FEMA assessment team to assess the damages as soon as possible.”

Dossett added: “We are creating a multiagency recovery center that will leverage all state cabinets and state partners in a community solution for the flooding event in Carlisle. That will include insurance, agriculture, volunteer assistance, disaster services and more. We hope to announce the opening of the recovery center and the location in the next several days.”

Residents of Nicholas County who have been affected by the flooding are encouraged to contact Nicholas County Emergency Management or the City of Carlisle Emergency Management for assistance.

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