Governor Beshear declares state of emergency because of flooding

Governor Beshear on Monday declared a state of emergency because of the flooding that's affected much of Kentucky.

41 counties and 15 cities had already issued emergency declarations. State officials think those numbers will go up.

"The safety of our citizens is my first priority," said Gov. Beshear. "That is why I urge individuals who encounter high waters to use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary contact with flood waters if at all possible. Our thoughts are especially with those who lost loved ones in the tragic deaths that have been attributed to the weekend's storms."

According to state officials, the emergency declaration provides the following:

The Division of Emergency Management operate the response and relief activities for the State, and the Division is authorized to request needed federal assistance and consult with the American National Red Cross and local officials on the need for emergency shelters.

The Adjutant General may issue active duty orders for the mobilization of needed National Guard personnel and equipment.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet is directed to fund the urgent operational or response costs incurred in response to this emergency.

Transportation on and access to any and all public roadways in the affected area may be restricted or prohibited in the interest of public health and safety.

The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) is directed to activate their network of trained counselors to provide crisis response services.

Governor Beshear spoke to President Obama earlier Monday about the storms and flooding that hit Kentucky. The governor has also talked to officials with the Department of Homeland Security.

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