Governor Beshear Tours State, Deploys National Guard

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Governor Steve Beshear is calling this week's storm the "biggest natural disaster in the state's modern history." That is part of the reason why he has deployed the Kentucky Army National Guard and portions of the Air National Guard.

Some 4,600 troops will be dispatched throughout the state to assist in storm clean-up efforts. They will be going door-to-door to check on storm victims in addition to helping with security efforts.

Governor Beshear said that more than 450,000 Kentucky residents are still without power and that more than 90 counties have been given disaster designation by the federal government. He says that as of Saturday, a dozen FEMA teams were working in the state.

One of the big concerns in the state is restoring downed or damaged water systems. Many are not working properly due to power outages and nearly a quarter of a million people are affected by those problems.

The governor announced that 21 deaths are believed to be connected to this storm including several deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

He says it's going to be a "long haul" to get Kentucky and its residents up and running again but commends the citizens of the Commonwealth for their efforts in helping each other during this difficult time.

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