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Today, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that President Obama has authorized a federal disaster declaration for 11 counties throughout Kentucky that were devastated by severe flash flooding, tornadoes, mudslides, high rains and water damage beginning on May 1, 2010 and continuing. This is in response to Governor Beshear’s initial May 3, 2010 request. Immediately following, the Kentucky congressional delegation sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama in support of the Governor’s request.

“I applaud the President for declaring a federal disaster in counties throughout Kentucky, including Rockcastle and Rowan, so that our affected families and communities now have access to federal funds to help with the clean-up from these devastating storms,” said Rogers. “The damage from these torrential rains was overwhelming and this declaration will begin the process of cleaning up our schools, homes, and businesses. There are many challenges to overcome as we move forward, but this declaration is a step in the right direction.”

The counties being declared a federal disaster area and designated for Public Assistance (available to state and local governments and certain non-profit organizations for repairs/emergency work) include Allen, Hart, Lewis, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe and Rockcastle Counties. Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford Counties are eligible for Individual Assistance (available to individuals and households for certain storm-related services/repairs). Other counties may be included as additional damage assessments are completed. All counties in the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (available to state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.)

Individuals and local governments claiming a storm-related loss and seeking assistance from storm damages should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 for persons with speech or hearing disabilities. Additional information about this disaster and required forms to apply for assistance are available at In order to apply for individual assistance, an applicant should have on hand his/her social security number, current and pre-disaster address, telephone number to be contacted, insurance information, total household annual income, bank routing and account numbers, and a description of losses that were caused by the disaster. The disaster declaration number is FEMA-1912-DR.