flood recovery


Governor Matt Bevin yesterday sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes.


Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall events which have caused widespread flooding and damage to critical infrastructure across Kentucky.

Beginning on Feb. 9, severe storms produced heavy rain and strong wind gusts, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides and resulting in injuries and major impacts to infrastructure, agricultural production and governmental, commercial and private properties.


Crews from the American Red Cross were in Morehead, Olive Hill and Paintsville over the weekend helping flood victims with damage assessment and cleanup, and they’re going to have a presence in all three communities for some time.

That’s the word from the executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter Joanna King.

“We will be continuing to be in every area that’s affected. Most of the volunteers that are out working right now are local volunteers, as well as we have a lot from other states and other counties that have come in to help.”

Cleanup Continues in Flood Damaged Rowan County

Jul 20, 2015
Daily Mail

Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief organization are working in northern Rowan County to help clear flood-damaged furniture and debris from homes.

Bruce Bay is coordinating the effort in the Hayes Crossing area.

Rowan County Flood Relief Center Now Open

Jul 20, 2015
Red Dot Buildings

Tracy Williams, Director of the Morehead/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce says contributions to “Operation Donation: Rowan County Cares” have been a little slow coming in since the effort to help local flood victims began last Friday (July 17).

Williams says the needs are great because the flood damaged more than just homes.

Donation Center Opens in Rowan County to Assist Flood Victims

Jul 17, 2015
DGH Online

(Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce)

Operation Donation-Rowan County Cares has been called to action by the recent flooding in Rowan County. In cooperation with Rowan County Emergency Management and the Red Cross, we will be operating a donation center with specific drop off times and specific requests of items. 

Donations will be accepted at the Old Rowan County Middle School, located on KY 32 and Sun Street in the Cafeteria Area.

Recovery Work Continues in Johnson County

Jul 16, 2015

Cleanup and recovery efforts are likely to be ongoing in Johnson County for several months. At least three people have died in this week’s flash flooding and more than a hundred have lost their homes.

Judge Executive Tucker Daniel says the assistance being provided to his community from state and federal agencies is much appreciated.

McConnell Addresses Kentucky Flooding on Senate Floor

Jul 15, 2015

(Editor's Note: The following press release was provided by the office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday (July 15) regarding the severe flooding in Kentucky:

“We’re all thinking of the many Kentuckians who’ve been impacted by severe flooding over the past couple of days. Eastern Kentucky has been especially hard-hit. Governor Beshear has declared a State of Emergency, and the Kentucky delegation stands ready to assist in this effort.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and WSIP (98.9 FM) will broadcast an Operation Helping Hands Radiothon on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

The radiothon, powered by Appalachian Wireless, is also sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.


Flooding and damage from two days of thunderstorms are still affecting some state highways in northeast Kentucky.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday evening (July 14), the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 reports the following restrictions:

KY 560 in Fleming County near Ewing is closed near the 0.3 mile marker due to high water.

KY 165 in Fleming County is one lane near Cowan between the 2.3 and 2.7 mile markers due to high water.

KY 597 (Cherry Grove Road) in Fleming County is closed north of the KY 57 Flemingsburg Bypass due to downed trees and power lines.


Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday (July 13), causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.

Tom Lewis

Storms caused extensive damage in northeast Kentucky as Rowan County was hit hard. Some 70 homes were damaged by flash flooding in the eastern part of Rowan County. 

County officials say there were also some trailers washed off their footing and some water rescues were also necessary. There are also some roads in the area that have been washed out or are mud-covered.

Ronnie Day, Rowan County Emergency Management Director, says the damage is extensive throughout the county.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for March severe storms and snow in order to make Bath and Harlan counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.

Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Bath and Harlan may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work, debris removal and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.

Fairfield Citizen

The disaster recovery centers in Madison and Rowan counties will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and the Bourbon County disaster recovery center will close at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 22.

The centers, which have been operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are located at:

• 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris.

• 558 S. Keeneland Drive (Madison County Joint Information Center) in Richmond.

• 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.


A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been opened in Rowan County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Rowan County center is located at 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be opening more disaster recovery centers in Kentucky this week. Spokesman Tim Tyson says exactly where those offices will be has not yet been determined.

“The Commonwealth and FEMA are in constant discussion about which counties to open-up next and where to open them.”

SI Live

Two Disaster Recovery Centers operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Thursday, May 7th in Lawrence and Madison counties.

The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The centers are located at:

Lawrence County Community Center

180 Bulldog Lane

Louisa, KY 41230

Madison County Emergency Management

Joint Information Center

558 S. Keeneland Dr.

Richmond, KY 40475

Press And Guide

Residents and business owners who applied for federal assistance resulting from the severe storms and flooding in April will hear soon from damage inspectors.

People who suffered losses in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan, and Scott counties may be eligible for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Kentucky has received approval for a presidential disaster declaration.  Governor Steve Beshear was notified late Friday that President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky and its citizens in designated counties that suffered significant damage during the April flooding event.      

Kentucky Red Cross Assisting Nepal

Apr 30, 2015
NY Times

Kentuckians can help with the international relief efforts underway in Nepal by contributing to their local Red Cross organization.

The country was rocked by a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake last weekend. It killed more than 3,200 people and injured thousands more.       

Terry Burkhart is chief executive officer of the Lexington-based Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross. He says people can send financial contributions there to the Ashland organization or the one closest to them.

Cave Run Lake Reaches Record Levels

Apr 17, 2015

Several weeks of rain has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keeping an eye on the rising reservoir at Cave Run Lake. The reservoir has reached a record pool level of 759.7 feet.

At this point, Corps spokesman Todd Hornback says the dam at the lake is holding the water and preventing it from spilling into the streams and creeks below it.

Morehead Panel to Review Flood Control

Apr 15, 2015
The Morehead News

Morehead Councilman Tom Carew says a panel appointed by the mayor will study flooding in the city to see if there are steps that can be taken to mitigate its impact.

Carew says the city has been hit hard twice within the past five years, so a thorough examination is a good idea.

“When they build highways, the culverts under the highways are designed to handle a fifty year rain. Well, maybe the culverts that we got along the bypass, which is U.S. 60 aren’t carrying as much water as they need to carry.”   

Ashland City Manager Benjamin Bitter says it’s been tough to keep the city’s Veterans Park clean when it keeps getting flooded by the Ohio River. He says an abundance of rain recently has forced the Ohio over its banks and into the park.

Bitter says the park was designed to withstand a lot of water but it still takes a while to clean it up and dry it out after flooding occurs.


In response to heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective April 3 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

“We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet,” said Gov. Beshear.

Maysville Escapes Recent Ohio River Flooding

Mar 18, 2015
Trip Advisor

The cleanup from weekend flooding continues in communities along the Ohio River but officials in Maysville say the city’s flood wall was a savior when the waters began rising Saturday (March 14).

Mason County Emergency Management Director Tim Nolder says the structure protects the community to a stage just above 79 feet.       

He says that kept high waters from reaching most of city.


High water on eastern Kentucky roadways is causing problems for motorists in the region, and that’s why the State Department of Highways is recommending they drive with extra caution, particularly in low-lying areas.

Allen Blair is a spokesman for District 9 and he says motorists need to be aware of possible high water conditions on the roadways.

Martin County Opens Emergency Shelter

Mar 9, 2015
American Red Cross

The Big Sandy Chapter of the American Red Cross has set up a shelter in eastern Martin County for people who’ve lost power or whose homes have been flooded in recent days.

Emerson Varney is disaster relief specialist for the agency and says the river is already high because of melting snow from last week’s winter storm. Heavy rains are expected in the region this week.

Varney says some homes near the Tug Fork River have been flooded as snow from last week’s winter storm has begun to melt and the waterway has spilled over its banks.   

USA Today

Governor Steve Beshear has asked President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance to eastern Kentucky communities recovering from recent flooding.

Strong storms from August 19-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and forced people from their homes throughout the eastern part of the state. Communities in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties were the hardest-hit.

Middlesboro Daily News

After a back-to-back wallop of severe thunderstorms in eastern Kentucky last month, Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the damages are severe enough to warrant investigation by federal agencies to determine possible assistance to homeowners and businesses.

Beginning August 18, torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and mudslides in Knott, Pike, Floyd, and Johnson counties.  The storms caused power outages, road closures, and widespread damage to businesses, public infrastructure and private property.

Bath County Flood Recovery

Sep 12, 2013

Bath County Judge Executive Lowell Jamison says the county has completed infrastructure repairs to roads and bridges damaged by flooding this past spring. The county was hit hard by heavy rains and mudslides in the Flat Creek, Slate Valley and Sharpsburg areas.

Jamison says local officials were not well-equipped to deal with high waters because they’d been told flooding shouldn’t be a problem in Bath County…

Jamison says Bath County’s infrastructure is now in pretty good shape.