Regional
10:52 am
Tue June 8, 2004

Fletcher Asks for Federal Disaster Assistance

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is asking for federal
funding for Kentucky counties hit hard by five days of
heavy storms. Fletcher is asking President Bush to
declare a "major disaster" in Kentucky. The Governor
sent a letter, stating that storm damages pose an
immediate and long term threat to the well-being of
thousands of residents of Kentucky.

Thirty six of Kentucky's 120 counties reported damage.
Tornadoes and floods damaged or destroyed more than
two thousand residences. Fletcher requested individual
assistance in the 36 counties known to have damage, plus
neighboring counties in which there might be future claims.

Meanwhile, U-S Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky has sent
a letter to the President, supporting Fletcher's request. Bunning
says the sooner assistance can be provided to those impacted
by the storm, " the sooner they can begin to rebuild their lives."