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Eastern Kentucky flood death toll rises to 40

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Governor Andy Beshear

Some progress is being seen in recovery efforts in parts of eastern Kentucky hit by July’s flooding. Knott and Letcher counties are the first to submit requests for and receive financial assistance from the Eastern Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies Fund. This money will used in recovery efforts.

The governor said this money passed by a non-partisan effort from the state legislature.

“With a total of 1.2 million going toward these communities for flood relief and the same communities will be able to apply for additional funding as we move forward. This is state funding I recommended and the general assembly moved to pass in that special session.”

The governor’s announcement was not all good news. He said the death toll from July’s floods has official risen.

“Has now risen to 40 Kentuckians lost with an individual who died during cleanup efforts. Each of these individuals is a child of God and we mourn with their loved ones and all of eastern Kentucky.”

The individual died during cleanup efforts in Pike County.

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