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FEMA officials say dealing with private roads and bridges after flood damage is complicated


Clean up from flood damage is gearing up in a big way in eastern Kentucky. Debris removal is in full swing, and work is beginning on roads and bridges. Many people are still having access issues due to bridges and roads on private property being damaged.

This could pose a problem for multiple families if a single bridge cuts off access to their homes. Bryan Miller is an Assistance Liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said everyone impacted by the damaged bridge or road should apply for assistance, and FEMA could help.

“Up to the maximum amount of the housing assistance for each individual family. If there’s five families and they all register, then that is potentially 37,900 times one, two, three, four, five, but that is potentially the maximum amount that can be used for.”

He said getting assistance with private roads and bridges is a process.

“At least we could possible consider awarding them enough money to get a contractor to come out there and look at the road or bridge. Provide the survivor with some information or an estimate on how much it was going to cost to get the repairs done.”

Miller says the property owner should take that information and make an appeal to FEMA for more funds.

The organization is facing criticism from Governor Beshear over the number of people denied individual assistance.

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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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