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President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Kentucky May 11 in the aftermath of flooding, mudslides and tornadoes that occurred throughout the state May 1-2. With that initial declaration, federal funding to individuals was approved for eight counties: Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford counties.
Monday, May 17, nine more counties were approved for individual assistance. Marion, Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Franklin, Greenup, Madison and Mercer counties are the latest counties approved.
According to the FEMA website, individual assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses that are not met by insurance or other assistance programs. The designation also means that low-interest loans may be available from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses that are not fully covered by insurance.
Affected residents and business owners in the newly designated counties may apply for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number, 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing disability may call the TTY number at 1 (800) 462-7585. The registration lines are available until 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. An application may also be completed online by going to www.disasterassistance.gov.
Marion County was also added to the counties eligible for public assistance. This means Marion County may be able to receive cost-sharing for emergency work, repairs and replacement of facilities. Under this program, FEMA typically funds 75 percent of the costs of eligible work by local governments.
The complete FEMA announcement is available here: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51504.