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

March 17, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Where it can rain, it can flood. Kentucky is all too familiar with the destruction caused by flash floods and rising water.  The Commonwealth has had to deal repeatedly with the costly damage that accounts for 90 percent of all natural disasters nationwide each year. Many people have learned too late that most homeowners' policies do not cover floods.  If you do buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, remember there is a 30-day waiting period before the policy becomes effective.
March 13, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The ice storm that crippled Kentucky in January knocked out power to more than 700,000 customers and blocked roads with debris. But this week's decision to provide more federal assistance to Kentucky will reduce the statewide tab for repair and cleanup.
March 10, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is one of only nine states in the nation to have an enhanced State Mitigation Plan. Because the plan was in effect during the recent ice storm, the Commonwealth will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding equivalent to 20 percent of total federal disaster assistance for the ice storm. Kentucky's available federal mitigation funding will exceed $47 million, judging by current damage estimates. This amount will be in addition to the total amount of federal disaster assistance going to the state.
March 10, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- It's the trees. Nestled in north-central Kentucky, the densely wooded Camelot subdivision of Bardstown, Ky., often found trees or broken limbs falling on its overhead power lines during storms, leaving the subdivision in the dark. The City of Bardstown was repeatedly forced to dispatch utility crews, each time at great expense. In a single year of bad weather, the city might pay a minimum of $15,000 just to keep the overhead wires repaired.
March 10, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An additional 10 Kentucky counties are now eligible for federal Public Assistance reimbursement and program grants under President Obama's Major Disaster Declaration of Feb. 5, according to officials of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The added counties are Boone, Casey, Gallatin, Hancock, Henry, Kenton, Simpson, Taylor, Trimble and Wolfe.
February 27, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- At its one-month anniversary, the severe ice storm of Jan. 26-27 is being labeled with chilling superlatives, as the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to partner in recovery efforts:

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