Governor Promises Help For Flood Victims

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Governor Steve Beshear returns to the mountains to see more damage after this weekend's flooding.

After visiting counties in the Big Sandy Region earlier this week, the governor is in Breathitt County tonight, to get an up close look at what people there are dealing with.

Beshear says Highway 30 is one of the hardest hit areas in the county.

He promises flood victims that the state will do whatever it takes to help them rebuild and start over.

People who lost everything in the flood say they need help sooner, rather than later.

The governor and Congressman Hal Rogers have asked President Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 19 Kentucky counties.


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  • by ignoredcitizen Location: Belfry on May 27, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    3 counties in WV....19 counties in KY. 3 gets approval in no time. 19 still no help weeks later. i dont understand. help has been asked for....but still nothing. lost home here.....still waiting.
  • by ruthie Location: martin on May 25, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    i have posted comments several times and have not seen any of them on here . but i see a lot of comments from the same people do u have a short list that's allowewd to comment? or do people in martin not matter ? how long ago has it been since the gov. visited? it's now the 25th .
  • by flooded Location: maytown on May 23, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Obama will not help Kentucky, we as a state did not vote for him, its been 2 weeks and nothing has happen or will happen so i'm over it and im just going to start rebuilding a lil a time and do my best..god bless every one who was flooded
  • by 100 yr old home flooded Location: floyd co. on May 22, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    hey john q taxpayer, were tax payers to and we have never worried about being flooded before..but when you get alot of rain in a short period you get flooded...which we did..our home is a 100 yrs old an had only been flooded one time with about an inch of flood water in 84 this time we got 2 ft of flood in our home....how do you prepare for that!! we don't ask for hand outs but were not rich and we work for what we have..but this flood ruined everything we own...but by gods grace we are alive an so is our family an we will continue on one way or another...but if there is help i do hope we get some. one persons check can't pay bills an fix our home back ...so you tell me how do you prepare for a major loss?????
  • by flood victim Location: pike on May 22, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Why has it taken so long for KY. to be declared by FEMA? I thought BHO was going to take care of us. He is just playing political games with the lives of people that have lost everything. I guess we get what we voted for, a disgrace of a President.
  • by Amanda Location: Raccoon on May 21, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    There are people located at raccoon that was flooded and have not recieved the first bit of Help. No one has even showed up at there doors to even ask if they need any help. It is like those people don't exist. I know belfry, Blackburn bottom, and all of zebulon . But please don't forget about raccoon area . Theres old people that live in that area to that are trying to salvage what they can in there homes. Please help the people all over not just certain ones.
  • by hollie on May 18, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    For information on where to get help, including HOUSING: http://www.medicalleader.org/flood/?p=116#more-116
  • by WTF Location: KY on May 18, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    @Jennifer, Terri, Gail: What you missed in Gail's point was that these people are not in a normal flood plane. This was an exceptional amount of rain in an exceptionally short amount of time. I know several people who live along Johns Creek (Pike County ). Houses 30 years old, never flooded before, were flooded this time. So I agree with both of you. For those who get flooded on a regular basis (every 10 years or so) get them out of there. For the others though, this is not so cut and dry.
  • by wtf Location: KY on May 18, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    @John Q. Taxpayer: Where do you think they would store these essentials (water / food)? Do they need to rent a mini-storage facility "just in case"? Obviously they would be quite useless if they had kept them in their flooded home... Oh, they could have kept them in their car, in the trunk right... But, wait, the car got flooded too. A lot of people are hurting right now, comments like this are cold. I hope you never have to go through anything like these people are going through right now. They have lost everything, and don't have the funds to relocate to higher ground -- nevermind the fact that "higher ground" is not so much applicable here, as many of these people had seen floods but never saw a serious threat from them. You have every right to state your opinion. Just as I have the right to state my belief that you should not comment if you don't understand the subject matter.
  • by Jennifer on May 18, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Gail, Terri is absolutely right and you are the one talking out of ignorance and stupity. I agree lets help them re-build and if they build back in the flood zones then they should be on their own, you know there are other places to re-build.

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