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KY congressman Andy Barr critical of Federal response to eastern Kentucky flooding

Congressman Andy Barr addressing the Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Stan Ingold
Congressman Andy Barr addressing the Richmond Chamber of Commerce

As people continue to clean up after July’s deadly flooding in eastern Kentucky, frustration remains over help from FEMA. People are still dealing with being denied for individual assistance.

Representative Andy Barr was in Richmond Tuesday speaking to the local Chamber of Commerce. He said after hearing the stories of people in eastern Kentucky he understands the frustration.

“Individual assistance grants will take some time, and there is some bureaucracy, but we need a more expedited, fulsome response from FEMA.”

While he is frustrated with FEMA’s response, the lawmaker did praise the work of state leaders.

“Appreciate the leadership from Frankfort, the 215 million, but there needs to be a more robust federal response. This was a national disaster because of the severity of the floods, the fatalities involved and the level of now homelessness and devastation.”

Barr said he has been working with Congressman Hal Rogers who represents the flood impacted area. He said they want to find a way to make the application and approval for FEMA aid to be simpler.

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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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