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Governor says dealing with private bridges damaged by flooding is a complicated issue

Flooding in Letcher County Kentucky
Jessica Short
Flooding in Letcher County Kentucky

Twelve Eastern Kentucky counties are now eligible for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Leslie, Magoffin, Martin, and Whitley Counties were all added to the list on Friday. One area of concern is getting to people who are stranded because of damaged bridges on private property.

Governor Beshear said that because they’re dealing with private bridges on private property, it is making things complicated.

“We’re trying to be creative. We’re looking at every option. We’ve convened all the non-profits that help out and the Kentucky Housing Corporation and talking to other programs that are out there. This is going to be one of the major challenges.”

Governor Beshear said it is a problem that isn’t easy to solve, and he has been speaking with legislative leaders.

“As we look at rebuilding it’s one there is not a set answer for just yet. We’ve been talking to legislators about it too, trying to work the problem and it is one we will have to give updates as we work through.”

Residents dealing with bridges damaged by flooding on private property are encouraged to reach out to both FEMA and the Small Business Administration for help.

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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