The president has issued a disaster declaration, making federal aid available to Kentucky to repair damage from a winter storm that hit the state March 3-9, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a news release.
Federal funding will be available to state and local governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged" in the storm, according to the release.
Counties covered include Anderson, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Clay, Daviess, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Hancock, Harrison, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington, Webster, Whitley and Woodford.
In addition, state and local governments in 29 counties may be eligible for FEMA funding to help pay for the cost of removing snow from roads and salting roads during the storm.
FEMA funding is available throughout the state to help pay for "hazard mitigation" programs, according to the release.
Jose M. Girot is the coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. He said additional designations could be made later.