Governor Beshear declares statewide emergency in response to storms

In response to an outbreak of intense storms Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

“We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the storm system has not cleared Kentucky yet,” said Gov. Beshear. “By declaring a state of emergency now for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, such as National Guard troops, without delay.”

Gov. Beshear and state officials remind drivers that it is extremely important not to travel into flooded areas. Motorists need to heed barricades and warning signs and avoid areas where roads have been closed because they can quickly find themselves driving into high water or cut off by floodwaters.

The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort, remains activated at Level III with additional staffing from Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), KYNG, state cabinets and volunteer organizations monitoring the situation, fielding calls and responding to requests for assistance.

Citizens are encouraged to avoid downed power lines, and to report downed lines to their local utility provider or 911.

The outbreak of storms was the second in three days in Kentucky. In response to an outbreak on Wednesday, Department of Insurance disaster response team members are scheduled to be in Hardin and LaRue counties on Saturday. They will be meeting with emergency management officials who will direct them to the hardest-hit areas.

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