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Henry County on President’s list to receive disaster relief funding

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By Taylor Riley

  

After many portions of the county were left in disastrous conditions after an extremely wet winter caused flooded roads and mudslides, the federal government has stepped in to help.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared portions of Kentucky as “disaster” areas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts, according to a White House Press Office press release.

The declaration was due to many areas of the commonwealth, including Henry County, being affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides from early February to early March.

Sen. Paul Hornback said in February he, Judge Brent and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) were working hard to target the roads that are in need of major repair.

“We will try to address those (issues) as quickly as possible,” Hornback said in February. “We have to make the best use of resources.”

Hornback said he made requests for state funding for the long list of previous state road projects in the county.

The senator said all of his district 20 counties of Henry, Carroll, parts of Jefferson, Shelby and Trimble were in serious need of repairs to state roads.

“We only have so many resources,” Hornback said. “We are way behind on projects (due to weather).”

The funding will be available to the state of Kentucky and eligible local governments and nonprofits on a “cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities,” according to the release.

Nearby Carroll County is also on the list of 57 counties in Kentucky.