Help Denied By Government

The Federal Government has rejected requests from 18 Kentucky counties and a dozen cities for funding to help pay for the cleanup from severe storms that swept across the state in late September 2006.

Buddy Rogers of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management said the cities and counties had declared official States of Emergency hoping for a state disaster declaration followed by federal cleanup dollars. Rogers said the Kentucky requests for funding were described as well short of the threshold for federal assistance.”

The decision means the cost of recovering from the Sept. 23-25, 2006, rains will have to come from local budgets.

The counties in our area that asked for assistance are: Christian, Grayson and Hardin. The cities are Caneyville, Clarkson and Leitchfield.

On the positive side, the U.S. Small Business Administration is meeting with state officials to see what help can be made available to individual property owners.

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