Gov. Bevin declares state of emergency following flooding
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVW) – Governor Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall that has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across Kentucky.
The state has been hit with several rounds of severe storms that have produced heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides.
Water levels have increased at major dams in central and western Kentucky, requiring record levels of water discharge, bringing an increased threat to people and property.
The emergency declaration allows for the mobilization of state resources to be used to support cities and counties as needed.
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center on Friday, February 22.
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management says, to date, 36 counties and 13 cities have made state of emergency declarations.