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Federal Disaster Declared Following Storms In Eastern Kentucky

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President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration to help with recovery from August storms, washed-out roads and flooding in eastern Ky.

Gov. Steve Beshear asked for the declaration, saying the severe storms and flooding Aug. 18 to 23 caused damage to the state and community infrastructure in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties and to private homes. Beshear said more than $6 million in damages was found in a preliminary assessment.

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers wrote to Obama supporting the request.