Beshear declares statewide emergency after heavy rains and flooding

04/04/2015 04:54 PM

After two days of heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the state, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective Friday, making state resources available for public safety and recovery efforts.

“We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet,” Beshear said in a statement. “By declaring a state of emergency for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, such as National Guard troops, without delay.”

At least 17 counties reported routes closed as heavy rains caused flash flooding, with several municipalities declaring local states of emergency and school districts canceling classes.

Beshear, in a new release, urged drivers to check travel routes in affected counties before making trips. A number of routes were submerged, and some roads have been completely washed out.

The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center remains on alert with staffing from Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky National Guard, according to the release.

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