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Disaster declaration approved for 34 Kentucky counties

(Source: AP images) (Source: AP images)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS/AP) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says President Donald Trump has approved his request for a disaster declaration for 34 counties affected by flooding earlier this year.

A statement from Bevin's office on Friday says the declaration will provide more than one-quarter of Kentucky's 120 counties with federal assistance to recover from the widespread storms in February and March.

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The storms caused an estimated $24.7 million in damages statewide, with 75 percent of that damage inflicted on highways, bridges and local infrastructure. Four Kentucky residents died.

Counties included in this declaration are:  Boyd, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Crittenden, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, Livingston, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Ohio, Owen, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington and Webster.

“We are grateful to the President for issuing an official disaster declaration to aid more Kentucky counties impacted by severe weather and flooding earlier this year,” said Gov. Bevin.  “This federal assistance will provide more than one-quarter of our counties with important resources as they continue recovery efforts, and I am appreciative to our local and state emergency management teams for their assistance throughout this process.  Let’s all continue to work together to help our communities with their recovery.”

The release says the funding will go to help repair roads, bridges and infrastructure.

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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