President declares disaster due to winter storms

The president's disaster declaration covers damages to counties in red that were affected by the winter storms between Feb. 9 and 18. The president's disaster declaration covers damages to counties in red that were affected by the winter storms between Feb. 9 and 18.
The president's disaster declaration covers damages to counties in red that were affected by the winter storms between Feb. 9 and 18.
The president’s disaster declaration covers damages to counties in red that were affected by the winter storms between Feb. 9 and 18.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden has approved the first of Kentucky’s disaster applications, paving the way for state and local governments to get financial assistance.

The president declared a major disaster due to winter storms between Feb. 8-19, which caused widespread landslides, mudslides and power outages in 44 counties, including Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin and Magoffin counties.

The declaration will allow the federal government to provide cost-share assistance in repairing or replacing damaged facilities to local governments and certain nonprofits. It will also provide funding to the state for hazard mitigation.

The president’s declaration does not include flooding that occurred after the ice storms. That application is still pending.