Flood relief money heading to 3 East Ky. counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Three Eastern Kentucky counties will be getting some much needed help recovering from flood damages over the past two years.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that Johnson, Lawrence and Morgan counties, along with the city of Paintsville, will receive $1.1 million in funding to help repair roads and bridges.

Johnson County, which was hard-hit by flooding earlier this year, will receive the lion’s share of the money, with $421,000 going to the county and another $392,000 going to Paintsville. Local officials were thankful for the news.

“Disasters such as floods and ice storms are stressful on community resources at the time of the event and even more so during the long recovery process,” Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie said. “Johnson County was hit with a crippling ice storm and a devastating flood within the span of six weeks earlier this year. The March flooding event left Johnson County facing costs associated with embankment failures and culvert washouts at approximately 250 sites, with a price tag of approximately $3 million dollars with a local match of $421,000. LMPP funds will be used to make the required FEMA 13 percent local match, easing the financial strain created by the disaster, allowing the community to build back stronger through the recovery process.”

“On behalf of the city of Paintsville, we sure appreciate this money,” Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon said. “Because of what the governor has done, it’s going to make the city a much better place to live and it’s going to keep our citizens safe.”

Lawrence County will receive $156,000, while Morgan County will receive $147,000.