Beshear Asks For More Federal Help

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has asked the
federal government to assist residents whose homes and property
sustained severe damages during the January winter storm.

The letter sent out last week is asking for individual assistance for residents in 103 of Kentucky's 120 counties.

Beshear says in a written statement that the state is determined to pursue "every avenue of potential relief" to help pay for the storm damage. The statement says 30 homes were destroyed and 26 homes were damaged severely.

The devastating ice storm knocked down trees and power lines, resulting in about 769,000 power outages and at least 36 deaths in
the state.

One-hundred Kentucky counties are eligible for public assistance to help pay for emergency storm-related work.

The estimated recovery cost is estimated to be more than $215 million.

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