by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a federal disaster declaration. Beshear is touring western Kentucky today to review storm damage, and a presidential declaration could make federal relief funds available.
“Obviously some of the damage is unknown, yet, because we won’t know the extent of all the damage until the waters actually recede and we can see what the waters have done to roads and bridges and other parts of each county,” he says.
The Department of Agriculture may also offer aid for damaged farmland. 48 Kentucky counties have declared states of disaster due to storms and flooding.