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Landslides follow historic flooding as clear and present risk to Appalachian Communities

By Katie Myers Ohio Valley Resource Elaine Tanner lives with her life partner, Jimmy Hall, at the head of Mill Creek in Letcher County. Jimmy is a sixth-generation Letcher Countian, and the land is his family land. Together, they like to roll around on their property on their ATV. But lately, Tanner’s spent more time searching for signs of damage than having fun. That’s what she was doing on Thursday...

Beshear requests major disaster declaration for damage caused by historic February rainfall

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear submitted a request to President Joe Biden Wednesday asking that a major disaster declaration be issued for some of the worst flooding in Kentucky history after unprecedented rainfall led to flash flooding, mudslides and landslides across the state. Between Feb. 26 and March 1, Kentucky experienced more than seven inches of rain in four south central and...

Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State...