|Federal and state assistance approved for
residents of Kentucky's now 30 disaster counties has passed the $4 million mark as the
number of families registering for recovery aid reached 2,238.
President Bush declared a
major disaster for Kentucky on March 14, making federal funding available for some of the
state's recovery efforts from February's sever winter storm.
The president initially ordered federal public assistance funding for 51 counties, and
individual assistance in 15 counties, including Lewis, Carter and Greenup Counties.
Two weeks ago, 14 more counties were added, including Mason and Rowan, and last
week Fleming County was added.
|Individual assistance goes to residents and
business owners whose homes or property were damaged in the storm. Meanwhile, public
assistance is earmarked to help pay for the cost of damaged roads, buildings and
utilities, and also to help pay for removing debris.
Assistance for housing and
essential needs of those who suffered losses in the storms totaled $4 million Saturday,
three weeks after the declaration.
Officials received applications from 573 Lewis County residents and have approved
$346,113.45. Only Fayette County has had more applications, 692, with $155,630.96 approved
People who have suffered losses in the named counties can apply for help by calling
800-621-3362. People who are hearing or speech impaired can call 800-462-7585.