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Gov. Beshear visits eastern Kentucky to provide updates on state’s flooding response

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 3:37 PM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Beshear visited eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the state’s response to devastating flooding around the region.

He met with city and county leaders, as well as community volunteers, from those hard hit areas across eastern Kentucky.

The region is still reeling, even as it tries to recover.

“I believe there’s nothing more important than how we show up when times are tough. We’ve been showing up for a year, but I want you to know we’re showing up just as much after everything we’ve been through here,” Gov. Beshear said.

The governor thanked all those who have showed up, from emergency management officials, first responders, utility workers, to volunteers, and so many others who have helped out. That includes delivering 45,000 gallons of water and 53,000 meals.

“We’re here to show you you’re not in this alone. We’re in it with you. And we’re going to make sure that we get out on the other side and get back on our feet, get our communities back on their feet,” said Rocky Adkins, special adviser to Gov. Beshear.

Several dozen soldiers from the National Guard are still in five counties, and there’s still a lot of work to do. The state’s emergency management director says they received more reports of home damage than in any flood on record.

“I know it’s hard. Right? We feel like we’ve been hit and hit and hit and hit and hit. And just when it feels like we’re about to come out of a pandemic - because we are - this happens. But don’t lose hope. This is what we do as Kentuckians. We’re resilient,” Gov. Beshear said.

The state is still working to get a presidential declaration for both the flooding and the ice storm. That declaration will open up federal resources and help. As part of that process, officials are still assessing damage across Kentucky.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Kentucky Floods Cleanup Hotline at 800-451-1954.

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