Beshear declares new statewide emergency

03/05/2015 10:26 AM

Kentucky is under its second state of emergency in less than a month after some parts of the state reported nearly 3 feet of snow Thursday.

Gov. Steve Beshear issued the declaration as crews continued clearing roadways throughout the state. Kentucky’s Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and the Kentucky National Guard been activated, according to a news release from Beshear’s office.

“Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders,” Beshear said in a statement. “This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay.”

Beshear and other officials urged drivers to stay home if possible so road crews can work on snowy interstates and highways. He also suggested residents check on neighbors, watch for school or work closings, and check employers’ inclement weather policies.

Thursday marked the second significant snowfall in less than a month as the governor declared a state of emergency in early February. Statewide declarations give local officials access to emergency funds for public safety and recovery, according to the release.

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