Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.
The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.
Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren't yet known, he's confident the there's enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.
Damage Reports are coming in following a line of storms in far western Kentucky that continue to move east through our region. Police in Crittenden County say there have been a few reports of trees down across a few roads, but nothing severe at this point. There is a storm shelter open at the Crittenden County Courthouse. In Hopkins County officials say they’ve had no reports of damage thus far. A shelter is open at that courthouse as well. Officials in Ballard County say strong winds ripped the roof off of a trailer in LaCentre. And there are also some reports of trees down..
A flash flood warning remains in effect for much of the WKMS listening area through 3:45 this afternoon. A tornado watch is in effect for portions of northwest Tennessee through 5:30 this evening. In Illinois, just north of our broadcast area, Saline County experienced severe damage. Officials confirm six people were killed in the storms. In Kentucky, authorities say power lines are down in Ballard County with no reports of injuries. McCracken County officials say a mobile home was destroyed near Ogden Landing road. Five people inside were injured, one seriously.
Storm damage this morning has been mostly contained to Ballard and Hopkins Counties in Western Kentucky. Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed as high winds and an unconfirmed tornado made its way through Kevil during the six o’clock hour. Ballard County Emergency Management Director Anita Bugg says there were no injuries or fatalities, however damage is extensive.