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Governor Beshear Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President

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Governor Beshear Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President

Governor Visits Storm-Damaged Areas in Western Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2011) – In the wake of severe weather and damaging floods throughout the Commonwealth, particularly in Western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear today requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.  Gov. Beshear is requesting Individual Assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

“My administration has worked hard to provide assistance to struggling communities around the state during these storms,” said Gov. Beshear.  “If this request is granted, we will receive financial assistance to help them repair and rebuild their communities.” 

Under a major disaster declaration, local governments, state agencies, small businesses, certain private non-profits (such as electrical cooperatives and water districts), individuals and households would be able to request financial assistance from the federal government to clean up, repair and replace property destroyed or damaged by the storm. 

Over the past week, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding have hit many areas of the Commonwealth, causing rising waters, infrastructure damage and dangerous roads.  In response to these storms, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency on April 25 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.  In addition, he implemented an executive order to protect consumers from price gouging.

At the Governor’s request, there are currently 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard in communities across the Commonwealth who can provide help in a variety of ways, including sandbagging, removing debris, evacuation and traffic direction.

Currently, 48 counties and 17 cities have declared states of disaster.  Ballard, Bath, Boone, Bracken, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Crittenden, Daviess, Elliott, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Livingston, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McCracken, McLean, Menifee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Spencer, Trigg, Union, Washington, and Webster Counties.  The cities are: Bardwell, Benton, Brandenburg, Cadiz, Calvert City, Carlisle, Carrollton, Hardin, Hawesville, Greensburg, Frenchburg, Lewisport, Maysville, West Liberty, Hartford, Wickliffe, and West Point.

Today Gov. Beshear is traveling across Western Kentucky to see the storm damage in person.  His trip includes stops in Paducah, Murray, Smithland and Henderson. 


Follow Governor Beshear on Twitter @Govstevebeshear, read the Governor’s personal notes on his blog at, and view the Governor’s weekly YouTube commentary at

morning cram (earth day edition)

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mother (earth) lover.

If you pollute, Captain Planet will find you.

KY~ We reached our public radio fundraising goal this morning. Storm’s a comin’ (this weekend). Paducah halfway house escapees: 3 down, 1 to go. Tragic teen’s mushroom friend  is out of jail.  Calloway County has 4 superintendent finalists and its former Sheriff’s building sells for $71k. A Fort Campbell soldier is awarded the Silver Star. An antivirus glitch screws up school computers across the state.

TN~ A bill that could let the Governor circumvent the Attorney General’s office is making progress. Republicans (obviously) oppose removing tax cap.

IL~ 15k strong march FOR state income tax.

SPORTS~ (OVC baseball) MSU < SIU, UTM < LU; (OVC softball) APSU < UK.

morning cram (pie is hard edition)

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Cake is easier.

KY~ Oncology Associates of West Kentucky stops treating cancerous Medicare patients. Paducah Senator Bob Leeper will vie for a 6th term. More people are flying to Chicago via Barkley Regional. A 2nd round of census questionnaires should spam your mailbox. Public Advocacy attorney supports the Supreme Court’s immigrant decision. The tracking bill FAILS (this round). The general assembly is dysfunctional. Dr. Dan and AG Jack duel (with words) in Louisville. Why the Commonwealth needs charter schools.

TN~ Clarksville/Montgomery County’s jobless rates are getting better.