Obama Declares Disaster Relief for 5 More Kentucky Counties

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been notified by President Barack Obama that five more counties are eligible for federal disaster relief bringing the total count to 21 counties. Residents from Grayson, Larue, Ohio, Russell and Trimble counties are the latest to be granted federal relief following the March 2 storms that damaged several regions.

Virginia Earthquake Felt in Louisville

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck in central Virginia shook buildings in Washington D.C., New York City, Cleavland and Louisville. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Early reports say the quake shook several Louisville buildings and was most felt in tall buildings. Mayor Greg Fischer’s staff felt Metro Hall shake,… Continue reading Virginia Earthquake Felt in Louisville

President Grants Disaster Declaration for Kentucky

President Barack Obama has granted the major disaster declaration requested by Governor Steve Beshear in response to flooding in several parts of the commonwealth, including western Kentucky. According to a statement, Beshear’s requests for public assistance and hazard mitigation were granted Wednesday evening. “Public Assistance is aid to state or local governments to pay part… Continue reading President Grants Disaster Declaration for Kentucky

Louisville Officials Calculating Flood Damage, Considering FEMA Aid Request

Louisville Metro Government officials have been surveying flood damage to see if the city qualifies for federal aid. So far, they’ve come up about $1.7 million short. So far, about $600,000 has been spent to keep the city’s flood pumping stations active. An additional $100,000 will likely be required to clean and repair streets. That’s… Continue reading Louisville Officials Calculating Flood Damage, Considering FEMA Aid Request

Japan/America Society of Kentucky to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Executive Director Matt Krebs says his board of directors approved the efforts Monday, with the goal to raise money for rebuilding efforts, rather than emergency relief.

“Once the media spotlight comes off the needs of the people of Japan in another week or two from now, the remaining needs of families that have no homes and some of those long-term issues will begin to come to the foreground,” he says.

Major Disaster Declaration Issued For Kentucky

President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The declaration triggers the release of federal funds for communities flooded by last week’s torrential rains. But Steve Oglesby with Kentucky Emergency Management work says actually getting those federal funds could take a while.

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue Across Kentucky

By Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The Emergency Operations Center remains open in Frankfort, as state officials continue to gather storm damage assessments from around the Commonwealth. Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers says that information is being passed along to representatives at the federal level. “The number of counties that have declared states of emergency… Continue reading Flood Recovery Efforts Continue Across Kentucky

Kentucky Prepares Request for Federal Disaster Aid

Governor Beshear is moving forward with plans to seek federal disaster assistance to help Kentuckians recover from last weekend’s deadly storms.  Governor Beshear says at least 18 Kentucky counties have declared states of emergency and he’s preparing to file the paperwork for a federal disaster declaration.  “We’ll probably amend it two or three times to… Continue reading Kentucky Prepares Request for Federal Disaster Aid