CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear surveyed flooding damage in Calloway County on Tuesday, March 2.
After a flyover of the flooded areas in the Heartland with the Kentucky National Guard, Gov. Beshear and local officials held a briefing to give an update on flooding conditions in the region.
The briefing was held at Kyle-Oakley Field Airport in Murray around 9:15 a.m.
The governor said rainfall created incredible and record flooding in the area.
“One lesson that I have learned this year is that no matter how much you want to, you can never press the pause button because whatever is coming the next day is coming and you have to be ready for it and you have to be prepared for it and you have to be there for your people,” Governor Beshear said.
Parts of Calloway County received 5 to 6.5 inches of rain in a short timeframe.
On his tour, Beshear said the aerial from the National Guard helicopter showed how quickly and how much flash flooding hit the area.
“Today, I think we are seeing a little team Kentucky spirit,” the governor said. “That when we are responding to something like this, there are no parties. There is no this side or that side. There is even no different sections of town. It’s just all of us together trying to do the right thing for one another. That’s the type of spirit that we want to take from our time of pressing emergencies and apply it to our day-to-day lives so we can do and be so much more.”
Crews are working to repair and clear debris from roadways.
Murray Mayor Bob Rogers said much of the damage can not be seen from street to street, but from home to home and businesses.
Floodwaters damaged homes, apartments and businesses from the inside when waters rushed in.
Rodgers stated this is doubly difficult for businesses first hit by the pandemic.
As clean-up continues, residents, businesses and local governments are urged to keep a full account of all damages.
If Kentucky qualifies, Beshear said he will ask President Joe Biden to declare a State of Emergency in order to receive federal aid.
On Sunday evening, the governor declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth due to heavy rainfall.
He activated the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center and the Kentucky National Guard.