Dozens of Kentucky counties are in line for Biden administration storm aid. Will Fayette be added to the list?
While President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration for the March storms that pushed high winds across the state, one county was conspicuously absent from the list of those where federal aid will be available – Fayette.
The Biden administration declaration opens up federal aid to assist in local recovery efforts, as communities work to rebuild after heavy storms and extreme winds – some reaching near-hurricane levels – blew through the state in early March.
But among the dozens of counties included, Fayette County did not initially appear to make the list.
Pressed on that, Mayor Linda Gorton said the city is still seeking more information – hinting the county may eventually be added.
"Sometimes it takes a while, but we're still checking on that," she told reporters.
In the aftermath of the storms, Lexington residents were encouraged to document any damage to help in the effort to obtain federal assistance.
The current disaster declaration list is long — 76 counties, among them several that border Fayette, including Jessamine, Clark, Bourbon, Scott, and Madison.