Federal assistance unlikely for Letcher flood victims

Flood waters rush out of Webb Branch at Payne Gap in Letcher County.

A Letcher County official told EKB News that federal assistance is unlikely for victims of the recent flash flooding in the county.

This past week’s flooding in Letcher County affected residents in several communities around Payne Gap and near Neon. Now, it appears those folks will likely be on their own.

Letcher Judge-Executive Jim Ward said there is likely not enough damage from Tuesday’s flooding for a federal disaster to be declared in Letcher County.

Several residences and properties in Letcher County were damaged by the past week’s flash flooding.

For a federal disaster declaration, the damage totals must meet a certain threshold of the cost of repairing the damage. Even with several residences affected, that threshold — $900,000 worth of private property damage — is unlikely to be met, Ward said.

Ward said his office is now directing those affected by the flooding to aid organizations that may be able to help. Those need assistance in relation to Tuesday’s flooding can contact the Letcher County Judge-Executive’s office at (606) 633-2129.

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