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Governor declares state of emergency to expedite assistance to storm-ravaged counties

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday, causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.

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According to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, numerous counties were impacted by Monday’s storms that caused flash flooding. Areas reported with the heaviest damage include Johnson and Rowan counties. In Johnson County, one fatality was reported, and state and local rescue workers there continue to search for others who are missing or unaccounted for. In Rowan County, homes were also damaged by floods, and minor injuries were reported.

The Kentucky National Guard, KYEM and Red Cross officials are on the ground in Johnson County and will continue to monitor areas statewide for further reports of damage. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Monday waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages. Shelters are in place in Rowan, Johnson and Jefferson counties.

With the threat of more severe weather throughout the state today and tonight, Gov. Beshear is asking Kentuckians to monitor the weather and exercise caution. He and other state officials remind drivers that it is important to check travel routes in affected counties prior to getting on the road. Many roads are covered in water, and some have washed out entirely.

The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center, located in Frankfort, remains on alert with staffing from KYEM and the National Guard monitoring the situation, fielding calls and responding to requests for assistance.

Weather safety tips can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management website at www.kyem.ky.gov

From Office of Governor

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