LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pike County has been declared a major
disaster area because of the deadly flooding that began a week ago,
making federal funds available to those affected.
Governor Steve Beshear said in a news release late Friday that
he appreciated the swiftness of the response from the White House.
Beshear had sent the request Wednesday.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said
residents and business owners who sustained losses in Pike County
can begin applying for assistance Saturday by registering online at
www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or
1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The
toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
FEMA officials said additional counties may be designated for
assistance once surveys are completed.
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