Gov. Beshear announces 3rd round of tornado relief for western Ky.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced a third round of awards from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies fund during his Team Kentucky Update on Thursday, May 12.
He said the more than $3 million in assistance announced on Thursday will go to 12 eligible western Kentucky cities, counties and other entities to help with the costs of recovery from the devastating December 2021 tornadoes.
Thursday’s funding awards include more than $1.3 million for the Graves County Fiscal Court; $663,004 for Muhlenberg County; $340,210 for the Western Kentucky Electrical Co-op; $300,000 for the Caldwell County Fiscal Court; $154,840 for the Lyon County Fiscal Court; $142,786 for the Fulton County Fiscal Court; $70,096 for the City of Princeton; $23,297 for the City of Benton; $5,980 for the Christian County Fiscal Court; and $4,004 for the Ohio County Fiscal Court.
The Hopkins County Health Department also received $12,212 and the Bowling Green Independent School District received $5,940.
According to a release from Beshear’s Office, the $3 million will accommodate the 5.2 percent local share for FEMA-eligible expenses and will help cover the costs of some non-FEMA eligible storm debris removal.
According to Beshear, Governor Beshear announced the award of more than $6.1 million to seven Western Kentucky recipients. On April 28, the governor announced $8.5 million in financial assistance to Hopkins County, the first county to receive SAFE funds.
Regarding COVID-19, the governor said there was another slight increase in reported cases last week, but the counties in yellow dropped from four the previous week to three.
He noted that hospitalizations remain low, but cautioned that Kentucky is seeing an uptick in the positivity rate.
The governor encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated and for vaccinated Kentuckians to get boosted if they haven’t already.
Governor Beshear also highlighted several economic development announcements from the week, including the $230,000 in upgrades at the Hickory Industrial Park in Graves County.
A Hickman, Ky. company was named in this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.
The governor said Insteel Wire Products logged 329,873 hours on the job without a lost-time injury or illness.
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