Kentucky declares state of emergency in response to storm damage

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky on Monday, causing widespread damage.

Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today. 

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According to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), numerous counties were impacted by Monday’s storms that caused flash flooding. Areas reported with the heaviest damage include Johnson and Rowan counties.

In Johnson County, one fatality was reported, and state and local rescue workers there continue to search for others who are missing or unaccounted for.

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In Rowan County, homes were also damaged by floods, and minor injuries were reported.

The Kentucky National Guard, KYEM and Red Cross officials are on the ground in Johnson County and will continue to monitor areas statewide for further reports of damage.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Monday waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages. Shelters are in place in Rowan, Johnson and Jefferson counties.

The Governor has instructed KYEM to continue conversations with FEMA officials to ensure Kentucky has every form of assistance necessary to recover from these storms. 

Weather safety tips can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) website at

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