On Wednesday, President Donald Trump authorized the declaration of a disaster for severe weather events across Kentucky from Feb. 6 through March 10 of this year, including the Johnson County flooding Feb. 23.

“Federal funding is available to 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, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides,” a statement from the White House said in part. “Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire Commonwealth.”

The declaration was requested by Gov. Matt Bevin and supported by Kentucky’s congressional delegation. Previously, the Small Business Administration had been authorized to begin taking applications for low interest loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, nonprofits and more.

“We are pleased a federal declaration was issued this week to provide public assistance related to the February flooding event in Johnson County,” said Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie. “This declaration will allow the county to request resources from FEMA that will assist with road repairs and other damages on public properties.” 

FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor named Allan Jarvis the federal coordinating officer for this declaration.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.