Kentucky Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, and Mudslides (DR-1841)

Incident period: May 3, 2009 to May 20, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 29, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 22, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Specialists from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have scheduled two upcoming meetings in Kentucky to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about flood insurance. One meeting takes place at 1 p.m., Fri., July 24, at Big Sandy Area Development District, 110 Resource Court, Prestonsburg. The other is at 2 p.m., July 28, at Kentucky River Area Development District, 917 Perry Park Road, Hazard.
July 22, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Some Kentuckians affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck May 3-20 will have unmet needs even after receiving help from government disaster aid programs or insurance. "Federal Emergency Management Agency and commonwealth programs are only part of the recovery process. Some survivors have long-term needs that go beyond the scope of these programs," said Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. "Voluntary long-term recovery committees work at the local level to provide help."
July 21, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Flooding is Kentucky's most costly natural disaster. After a major flood, houses and businesses have been washed off their foundations; curbs are piled high with rotting furniture, clothing, appliances, carpeting, and other possessions waiting to be hauled to the landfill; rampant mold and mildew are destroying dry wall and ceilings; homes and offices stand gray and empty.
July 17, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Six Kentucky counties and the city of Salyersville will receive federal reimbursement for most of their costs to repair certain roads, culverts and other infrastructure that was damaged by the May storms and floods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $325,000 to reimburse these applicants for 90 percent of their costs for 17 projects.
July 17, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More than $18.8 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to aid Kentuckians affected by May's severe storms and flooding. The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are providing assistance with storm recovery to individuals, households, businesses, and government and other agencies.
July 16, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentuckians who suffered losses from the severe storms and flooding that struck May 3-20 have only a few days left to apply for federal and state disaster assistance. Monday, July 27, 2009, is the last day to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free number at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or go online at the new multi-agency disaster help website,, to register for assistance.


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How to Apply for Assistance

» Apply Online
» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

» What is Disaster Assistance
» Individual Assistance
» Hazard Mitigation

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Kentucky, FEMA-1841-DR (PDF 23KB)
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