Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development projects; rebuilding and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky

Louisville, KY – Gov. Beshear also congratulated Neogen on the relocation and expansion of its Lexington operation, a $6 million investment creating over 70 full-time jobs and furthering the Governor’s initiative to grow Kentucky’s agritech sector.

Gov. Beshear provided an update on recent flooding, as well as Eastern Kentucky’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Last week, many communities across the commonwealth experienced a variety of severe weather events that led several cities to declare a state of emergency due to damages bought by the storm. Kentucky Emergency Management monitored the events and are working with counties impacted across the state to submit damage assessments.

The Governor encourages those who need help to call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990.

Currently, 208 families are housed in travel trailers. Kentucky State Parks are now housing 20 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1, 2022.

As of this week, over $10 million in awards have been approved for the buy-out program. The awards account for 61 properties from Perry County, the City of Jackson, Breathitt County and newly approved Letcher County applicants. Homeowners wishing to learn more about the program should contact their local judge/executive or emergency management office for more information.

If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). MARCs are now on a rotating schedule, which consists of two onsite personnel and one remote support person as needed. The staff will rotate from county to county each day. 

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,500 donors. 

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