Ice storm cleanup grants announced

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has announced nearly $600,000 in grants to help communities pay for the ice storm that slammed Kentucky earlier this year.

Beshear announced seven Community Emergency Relief Fund grants on Wednesday.

The devastating January ice storm knocked down trees and power lines, resulting in about 769,000 power outages and at least 36 deaths. The storm resulted in a federal disaster declaration for 93 counties and knocked out most communication in western Kentucky.

State and federal officials have said the storm damages may top $185 million.

The city of Greenville and Crittenden, Grayson, McLean and Webster counties in western Kentucky were each awarded $100,000. In eastern Kentucky, Johnson County was awarded $61,500 and Magoffin County $30,700.

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