Kentucky Gov. declares state of emergency

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 25, 2018

Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to heavy rains across the state that have caused flooding and infrastructure damage.

The order, which will be in place for 30 days, enables state resources to be prepared to help cities and counties when needed.

More than 100 people were forced from their homes in southeastern Kentucky last weekend as the first round of heavy rains moved through the area, and meteorologists have predicted high water concerns could continue into Sunday morning.

Again, the ground is already so saturated that there's nowhere for the water to go so we're seeing widespread flooding that's causing problems on roads.

"Monitor the threat of heavy rainfall and flooding alerts through your weather radio and media broadcasts to ensure you have awareness of changing conditions in your area", said KYEM director Michael Dossett.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now assessing damages in 21 eastern Kentucky counties from flooding event on February 9 through February 12, Bevin's office says. The order also prohibits price gouging of items needed in times of emergency, such as generators, hotel rooms and building supplies.

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