Officials expect Magoffin and Martin Counties will be added to disaster declaration

When President Obama declared Kentucky a disaster area Tuesday night, some in Magoffin and Martin counties could not believe they were not on the list of counties affected. But on Wednesday, leaders in both counties say they expect to be added soon.

Leaders in both Magoffin and Martin Counties are meeting with FEMA representatives and officials from both expect to receive federal assistance.

People in Salyersville are picking up the pieces, but say they will need help putting all the pieces back together.

"We definitely need help. Everybody has been so good to this point, but we're definitely going to have to have financial assistance here," said Diane Rudd who lives in Magoffin County.

Magoffin and Martin Counties are not included on the first list of federal disaster declaration counties. However, leaders say it is only because FEMA officials have not completed the damage assessments.

"Quite frankly, until the last couple of days, there were a lot of really damaged sites we could not have taken FEMA to get their initial assessment," said Charles "Doc" Hardin, Magoffin County Judge-Executive.

They say FEMA toured Martin County on Wednesday and will tour Magoffin County the rest of the week.

"I'm very, very comfortable we'll be in that declaration of disaster," said Hardin.

"We're definitely going to need FEMA's help. We've got several places destroyed. We're up to about 30 completely destroyed. These people need help and we're going to do our best to get them that help," said Lee Gauze, Martin County Emergency Management Director.

Both Governor Beshear and Lt. Governor Abramson said they expect Magoffin and Martin Counties will be added to the federal disaster declaration within a few days.

Officials say people in Magoffin and Martin Counties should start getting their information together so when the federal disaster declaration is made, they can start applying immediately.


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