Beshear asks public to illuminate homes, businesses in green for Kentucky flooding victims
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held an update on the response to flooding in eastern Kentucky on Tuesday morning, August 2.
The briefing was held at the Capitol in Frankfort at 7 a.m.
Gov. Beshear discussed the latest conditions hit hard by flooding and what the state is doing to help.
He talked about efforts underway for temporary housing.
There are 42 travel trailers available for short-term housing and state parks are serving as living quarters for 191.
Currently, there are 11 emergency shelters helping 429 people
The Governor also announced the opening of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mobile Registration Centers in Knott, Breathitt, Letcher, Clay and Perry Counties. The centers will help victims sign up for federal assistance and provide information about disaster recovery resources.
Cooling centers will also be available at community and recreation centers, schools and a library.
“Don’t be too proud to go to one of these places. It’s going to be really hot and really dangerous,” said Beshear. “So if you have a family member who’s older or maybe who has some conditions, you want to make sure you get them to a place where they’re going to be cool enough.”
Beshear did not have an update on the death toll which stands at 37. He said crews did find more bodies overnight, but they have not been identified.
He also announced more than $2 million has been donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.
Those wishing to show their support for flooding victims are asked to illuminate their homes and businesses in green. This was a practice originally used to honor the victims of COVID-19.
“We’re lighting up our Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion here,” said Beshear. “If you still have them, get them out. It’s just something you can do to send more prayers and let people know that we are one Kentucky and that we’re going to stand with these families today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year to get them back on their feet.”
After the briefing, Beshear will travel to three counties impacted by the devastating flooding to meet with local officials at county emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
The governor will also meet with volunteers and affected families at each EOC/emergency shelter in Pike, Floyd and Breathitt Counties.
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