President grants disaster declaration request from Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -- President Obama has approved Governor Steve Beshear's request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky on Wednesday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel submitted a letter to the President with the recommendation and the request was granted. Governor Beshear called the White House immediately to urge a quick response.

"I am thankful to the White House for quickly granting my request," said Governor Beshear.  "While it will be a long recovery from the recent storms and flooding that have hit the Commonwealth, this assistance will greatly help Kentucky families and communities rebuild."

Over the past several weeks the Commonwealth has been hit with severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding. The weather caused rising waters, infrastructure damage and dangerous roads.

On April 25, Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency to allow immediate access to state resources to help in public safety and recovery efforts. The Governor has also requested a disaster declaration for Kentucky's farm families from the Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack. There has also been a temporary suspension or restrictions on certain motor carriers and utility vehicle delivering disaster relief supplies.

To protect consumers from price gouging Governor Beshear has implemented and executive order.

Officials will continue to assess the damage in the area.

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