President declares disaster in 7 Ky. counties; Magoffin and others still waiting

03/07/2012 12:01 AM

President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in seven Kentucky counties devastated by Friday’s storms clearing the way for residents there to get access to additional federal assistance.

The governor’s office confirmed late Tuesday that the president had granted the additional federal aide for Kenton, Morgan, Laurel, Menifee, Lawrence, Johnson and Pendleton. All but Pendleton County sustained fatalities in the dangerous storms Friday evening.

Other counties whose communities were battered will have to wait a little longer for the extra federal aide.

That includes Magoffin County, which even Gov. Steve Beshear acknowledged had taken heavy damage. In an interview with KET’s Renee Shaw for a storm special Tuesday night, Beshear said the schools he saw were most heavily damaged were in Salyersville, the county seat of Magoffin County. That included seeing much of the roof of Salyersville Elementary School sheared off.

But according to Beshear’s news release, “damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.”

Beshear and members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation requested a swift disaster declaration to free up federal aide in the way of temporary housing grants and money for home and business repairs, particularly for those without insurance.


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