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Death toll rises as flood recovery effort pushes forward in eastern Kentucky

Locations of cooling centers in EKY flood impacted areas
Locations of cooling centers in EKY flood impacted areas

Kentucky’s death toll continues to climb from the devastating floods. 37 people have now been confirmed dead. Restoration efforts are in full swing as crews continue to help flood victims stabilize.

During his morning update, Governor Andy Beshear said cooling centers are now set up in flood hit areas. He says high temperatures are on their way and people need to be careful.

“These temperatures combined with a humid air mass will make it feel much hotter. The heat index is expected to peak near or about 100 in some locations. I know you may be out there working to salvage whatever you can but be really careful Wednesday and Thursday when it gets hot.”

Eight of these stations have been set up in the impacted area. The cooling centers are listed in the picture above. The governor is urging anyone that is elderly or has health conditions to not hesitate in using these centers.

In another bit of good news, the governor said they are making progress in getting people signed up for assistance.

“We have FEMA mobile registration centers up and running as of this morning. This is really fast to have these already up and running for individual assistance.”

Other counties where residents can apply for individual FEMA aid are Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher and Perry. The governor says FEMA officials will also be going out into the communities to help people. The FEMA registration centers can be found in the following locations:

Breathitt County – 421 Jett Drive, Jackson, KY 41339

Clay County – Clay Community Center – 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962

Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831

Letcher County – Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858

Perry County – Hazard Community and Technical College – 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

When applying for assistance, it’s important to have some critical information in hand, including:

A current phone number where you can be contacted;

Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;

Your Social Security number;

A general list of damage and losses;

Banking information if you choose direct deposit; and

If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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