Kentucky Severe Winter Storm and Flooding (DR-1818)

Incident period: January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 5, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 22, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $17.8 million to help reimburse six Kentucky co-ops and rural electric cooperative corporations (RECC) for emergency response and repair costs resulting from last winter's devastating ice storm. 
April 9, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than $49 million worth of public works projects have now been approved in Kentucky to receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after last January's ice storm - and this is only the beginning.
April 6, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Mild spring weather can have a down side after a hard winter. On sunny days people tend to take advantage and do outside chores, which may include burning debris left by last winter's ice storm. These fires can be, and often are dangerous, even deadly.
March 30, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than $28 million in Kentucky public works projects, almost all related to emergency protective measures and debris removal from January's crippling ice storm, has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's portion for the more than 100 projects is $21.3 million - money that will ease the financial burden on state and local governments still cleaning up or repairing infrastructure after Kentucky's worst natural event in modern history.
March 23, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The January ice storm has passed, but the mess remains. More than 11 million cubic yards of debris - enough to pile up 8 feet high on 10,000 basketball courts - was left in the wake of the crippling winter killer. Although the roads have been cleared, fallen trees and branches still dot an otherwise picturesque landscape. Now the debris removal mission set in motion by Kentucky's worst modern-day natural disaster will be augmented by an annual endeavor: Commonwealth Cleanup Week (March 25-31).
March 19, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Though Kentucky has taken great strides in reducing its flood damages over the years, Mother Nature can never be completely tamed. As spring brings a new flood season, Kentuckians should be prepared for the unexpected. Truly a river state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has 89,000 miles of rivers and streams, the most of any state besides Alaska. These waterways, together with many lakes and dams, create the most total shoreline of any state besides Florida. And with the beauty comes some risk.

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