FEMA crews touring flood damage in several Kentucky counties

Federal officials are visiting six Kentucky counties Friday, inspecting damage from flooding firsthand.

FEMA crews are in Allen, Logan, Lewis, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Rockcastle Counties.

Friday morning, 27 NEWSFIRST caught up with a FEMA team in Rockcastle County.

Crews from the Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard are with the team as well.

They're visiting the hardest hit places in Rockcastle County. Businesses and homes that were once underwater following last weekend's floods are now starting to dry out.

But some of them were so badly damaged, the owners say they may have to rebuild.

Officials say they're received at least 50 calls of homes that were damaged by the water.

The county's Judge-Executive says this is one of the worst floods he's ever seen there.

"It was a major flooding event," Rockcastle County Judge-Executive Buzz Carloftis said. "We got water into places we hadn't seen it in many years."

One of the hardest hit businesses in Rockcastle County was a machine shop. Employees say they lost several pieces of equipment worth more than $200,000 apiece.

Total losses were more than $1 million at the business.

The Division of Emergency Management says 78 Kentucky counties have now declared disasters.

FEMA crews will visit other Kentucky counties this weekend and early next week.


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