Federal Disaster Assistance To Kentucky Tops $18.8 Million

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July 17, 2009
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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.

"With the registration deadline of July 27 fast approaching, Kentuckians should register with FEMA and return their SBA applications so they can receive the disaster assistance for which they are eligible," said Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel.

As the result of a federal disaster declaration on May 29, people with losses from the May storms and flooding in Breathitt, Floyd, Magoffin, Owsley and Pike counties are eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance program. The declaration also designated 24 counties for FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program due to the May storms and flooding. PA reimburses government and some non-profit agencies with costs of emergency services, debris cleanup and rebuilding or repair of roads, bridges, buildings, and recreational and other facilities damaged by the disaster.

The following numbers reflect events through close of business Thursday, July 16, 2009:


  • 5,122 individuals registered for disaster assistance.
  • $13,405,985 in approved Individual Assistance, includes:
    • $11,895,902 in housing assistance for housing repairs, rental assistance, and temporary lodging, and
    • $1,510,083 in other needs assistance for personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
  • $ 5,105,000 in SBA low interest disaster loans for homeowners/renters and businesses approved. SBA disaster loans are a primary source of federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes.


County FEMA Applicants Approved Grants SBA Disaster
Loans (No.)
Breathitt           897 $3,960,072.66      $1,492,200  (39)
Floyd         1,534 $2,936,419.05 $695,400  (35)   
Magoffin           369 $602,978.81 $54,700   (4)
Owsley           234 $415,038.01 $35,600   (3)
Pike        2,088 $5,491,477.10     $2,827,100  (76)
TOTALS        5,122 $13,405,984.63 $5,105,000 (121)


  • 3,978 individuals visited KYEM-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (Disaster Recovery Centers closed on July 11). 
  • 4,694 properties inspected for flood and storm damage.
  • 16,872 individuals received rebuilding and repair information from FEMA advisors at Lowe's stores.
  • $325,650 Public Assistance grants approved thus far to reimburse local governments for 90 percent of their costs for road repairs and other disaster-related repair projects. FEMA estimates some $25 million dollars in repairs will be funded under this disaster.
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