June 24, 2024

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Kentucky Congressional Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Federal Major Disaster Declaration


The declaration would aid Kentucky communities hardest hit by the May storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky’s federal delegation, including Senator Rand Paul, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Representatives Hal Rogers (KY-05), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Andy Barr (KY-06), James Comer (KY-01), Thomas Massie (KY-04), and Morgan McGarvey (KY-03) sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their support for Governor Andy Beshear’s request for a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a result of severe storms that began on May 21, 2024, and continued until May 27, 2024.

Sixteen tornadoes swept through Kentucky, in addition to damaging winds and severe thunderstorms that hit the Commonwealth in May. The storms inflicted widespread power outages affecting over 213,000 households and lasting several weeks in some areas. Nearly half of Kentucky’s 120 counties suffered severe damage to public and private property, some of which are still recovering from the historic December 2021 tornadoes (DR-4630-KY). Tragically, several Kentuckians perished, along with many others sustaining injuries. Further, multiple hospitals and long-term care facilities were left without power for days, and two counties experienced hazardous chemical spills.     

In the letter to the President, the delegation wrote, “In recent years, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has endured some of the deadliest and costliest disasters in its modern history. As Kentuckians continue to recover, we support Governor Andy Beshear’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration that includes the Individuals and Households Assistance Program for 15 counties and the Public Assistance Program for 54 counties. We appreciate your prompt consideration of this request, which will greatly assist Kentuckians and our communities.” 

Click here to read the letter from the Kentucky delegation. 


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