Governor Beshear to sign disaster declaration for counties

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign
a disaster declaration for six eastern Kentucky counties that were
hit by flash flooding during heavy rains.

Beshear made the announcement Tuesday as he toured some of the
hardest hit areas in Middlesboro, according to WKYT-TV in
Lexington. The disaster declaration will include the counties of
Knox, Knott, Lee, Perry, Breathitt, and Bell.

Beshear said officials with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency will survey damage to see if it qualifies for federal
disaster aid.

The flooding on Monday caused one death.

Knox County deputy coroner Floyd Blevins told the Lexington
Herald-Leader that 55-year-old Donald Joe Pate died after high
water swept up his mobile home and smashed it against a bridge
about 125 yards away.

Pate's mother, Wilma, who also lived in the structure, was
trapped by debris but neighbors were able to pull her to safety.

The flooding occurred when at least four inches of rain fell
within a few hours in a mountainous region of Knox and Bell
counties. More than 30 homes were damaged or destroyed.

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