FEMA: Pike County flood qualifies as federal disaster

The flooding this past weekend in Pike County is bad enough to be considered a federal disaster, according to FEMA.

FEMA officials finished their assessment of damage of the flood. They say the $5.2 million benchmark needed to qualify as a federal disaster has been reached.

"I predict the total damage assessment will be over $10 million," Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said in a news release. "I have made over 16 declarations during my career in public office and this one is the worst of them all. We will double what is required."

County officials are now waiting for President Obama to declare a federal disaster in the county. Once that happens, flood victims will be able to apply for federal assistance.

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