President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration Wednesday covering four Kentucky counties as a result of flooding, high winds and other weather problems that killed four people last month.
The decision makes federal funding available to people in Johnson, Rowan, Carter and Trimble counties whose homes or businesses were damaged, according to a news release from the White House.
That assistance could include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.
The declaration covers weather-related damage from July 11 to July 20.
The damage included flooding that killed four people in the Flatgap community in Johnson County and high water that damaged dozens of homes in Rowan County.
Federal money also will be available to help state and local governments repair storm damage in more than 30 counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said residents and business owners can begin applying for help Thursday.
They can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or they can call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
The telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.