President Declares Major Disaster For Kentucky

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Release Date: July 25, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-120

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 19-23, 2011.

Federal funding is available to the Commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, and Perry counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the Commonwealth.

Steven S. Ward has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Ward said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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Last Modified: Monday, 25-Jul-2011 18:40:35