Flood victims, communities to be focus of likely special session
A special session looms for legislators following remarks by Gov. Andy Beshear Tuesday.
A session on flood-related issues is necessary to make sure action is taken as soon as possible for communities impacted by historic flooding that took the lives of more than 35 people in multiple eastern Kentucky counties. The governor said he is working with legislative leaders on a plan to reduce the taxpayer impact when new infrastructure is installed or a school is built, costs that are typically passed on in the form of increased water, sewer and property tax bills.
Legislators could be called to Frankfort for the special session later this month or early September.
FEMA has approved assistance for those living in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties. Flood victims should apply at disasterassistance.gov or call toll-free 800-621-3362.
Pres. Joe Biden visited flood damaged communities Monday and met with officials, including Gov. Beshear, to discuss assistance and recovery.
Keep up with the latest news on flood relief for counties at kaco.org, or email Government Affairs Director Shellie Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Director Gracie Lagadinos at email@example.com with any questions.