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Kentucky Flooding Continues - Where is FEMA?

June 15, 2009

Frankfort, KY – Flash flooding in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia has hit residents hard. It also has left them, along with state and county officials, wondering why federal relief funding is slow to arrive. When flooding and severe storms hit an area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is usually quick to assess the scene and set up shop to link those affected to federal funding and help.

But many Eastern Kentuckians who experienced floods and mudslides that swept away their homes more than a month ago are still waiting for that federal help. Mia Frederick with Appalshop, which produces documentaries about disparities in Appalachia, wonders why the area has been overlooked.

"It seems to be taking a long time for those federal dollars to get here, even though they're important and very needed."

Local governments and agencies in 22 counties are also waiting to be able to apply for assistance to rebuild roads and infrastructure washed away in the rain and mud. FEMA spokespeople have said aid is being made available as soon as possible.

Delays in disbursement of federal dollars have pinched county budgets and, Frederick adds, slowed the recovery - which is expected to take more than a year, as it is.

"Since the May flooding there has been quite a bit more rain, and that has kind of hindered the recovery effort for quite a few people."


Bill Goodman, Public News Service - KY