Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.
The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.
Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren’t yet known, he’s confident the there’s enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.
An outbreak of storms damaged West Liberty and areas of Salyersville, in addition to the town of Piner, killing twenty-one people and injuring more than three hundred.
Beshear toured all five affected counties over the weekend. And based on what he saw, the governor says he knows federal damage aid is needed.