Fletcher Returns to Christian County

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"What we've seen today certainly reaffirms what we saw. We have 255 homes. Over a hundred that are destroyed, a number of them with major damage," notes the Governor.

Fletcher and Whitfield toured the destroyed area which covered 20 miles in length and was five miles wide.

According to FEMA projections $26 million in property (including furnishings, vehicles, and trees) were lost and 1630 property parcels potentially could be affected by the twister.

But Governor Fletcher and Congressman Whitfield want it stressed to citizens that help is coming.

"That's our purpose here tonight to meet with them and give them some assurances that we're doing everything possible to help them meet their needs and to rebuild their lives and get back to normal," says Congressman Whitfield.

Governor Fletcher says the area will get public assistance aid monies and the individual assistance request is currently on President Bush's desk in Washington.

"We just talked to FEMA and they're looking at criteria. I'm hopeful that we meet the criteria for individual assistance. It certainly looks like we do when you look at the extent of the damage."

Both Governor Fletcher and Congressman Whitfield praised the state's Emergency Management Team as well as the hundreds of volunteers who have been working non-stop since the tornado hit last week.

Adjutant General Donald Storm also attended the town hall meeting and noted in a effort to keep Kentucky prepared for tornadic weather, the state has been given a high-tech program called "Fly-Away" that will allow the state to communicate with first responders immediately.

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