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Historic Eastern Kentucky flooding prompts $1 million in aid

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:23 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced funding to help those in Johnson, Lawrence and Morgan Counties Thursday at the weekly Team Kentucky update.

The $1.1 million investment will go towards rebuilding damaged infrastructure from March’s historic flooding while improving road conditions for drivers in the area.

Morgan County Judge-Executive John Will Stacy, Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie and Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon were all in attendance for the announcement.

“These Eastern Kentucky counties were hit by historic flooding but this funding will ensure our families can once again travel on safe roads and bridges and have the confidence that their infrastructure can withstand what we will see in the future,” Governor Beshear said.

Stacy said that the funds are essential to each county as they try to recover.

“Without your help on these local, small county budgets, we can’t continue to do the repairs and do the maintenance that it requires to help everyone,” Stacy said.

Johnson County was one of the hardest-hit areas. McKenzie said that the area suffered more than $3 million in structural damage.

“We experienced significant damages back in February-March from two natural disasters,” McKenzie said. “You have stress at the time the disaster occurs and then you have stress on your community as you try to recover from that.”

All officials in attendance emphasized that they are hopeful the money will help make necessary repairs.

“Without these monies, we would be strapped,” Runyon said. “We’re strapped now, but because of you and what you’ve done, it’s going to make us a much better place to live and it’s going to keep our citizens safe.”

During his Team Kentucky update, Gov. Beshear also shot down rumors that he may run for President in 2024.

”No, I am not,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am running for governor in 2023. This is where I’m raising my family. This is where I’m from. This is where I wanna be.”

Original Story

Gov. Andy Beshear held his weekly Team Kentucky update on Thursday.

The Governor updated Kentuckians on a variety of topics, including economic development and infrastructure improvements along with the coronavirus in the commonwealth, the delta variant and vaccinations against COVID-19.

You can watch it below:

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