Kentucky Governor declares state of emergency due to storms and flooding

May 4th, 2010 - 1:58 am ICT by BNO News  

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY (BNO NEWS) – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced on Monday an executive order, effective since May 1, declaring a state of emergency due to the severe storms and flooding that struck Kentucky last weekend.

The counties more affected by the storms are Madison, Barren, Allen and Lincoln. Unfortunately four citizens have been confirmed dead because of the flooding in the region.

“The safety of our citizens is my first priority. That is why I urge individuals who encounter high waters to use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary contact with flood waters if at all possible,” said Beshear.

The state of emergency will provide trained counselors to offer response services through the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board. Transportation and access to affected areas may be restricted or prohibited to avoid further losses.

In addition, the National Guard and the American National Red Cross have been contacted by the Kentucky Governor in order to help in the relief activities of the State.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed approximately 400 roads across the state while dozens remain partially obstructed by flooding, mud or rock slides. More than 1,000 road crew members have been mobilized statewide and continue to work in damage assessments and recovery.

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