President Joe Biden has authorized federal funds to help Kentucky residents hit by the most recent storm.
President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for Kentucky on Sunday, allowing federal funds to be sent to areas affected by the storms last week.
"Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," the White House said in a Sunday press statement. "And ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on December 10, 2021, and continuing."
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This approval comes after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear requested the federal government declare a "major disaster" in Kentucky.
The federal funding will go to affected individuals in the counties of Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor, and Warren, the White House said.
This funding will include "grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster."
Residents who have sustained losses can begin applying for assistance as of Monday by registering at disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Biden spoke about the disaster at a press conference on Saturday, saying that he intends to visit the state soon.
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"You're in our prayers," Biden said in comments addressed to Kentucky. "And all those first responders, emergency personnel, and everyone helping their fellow Americans; that this is the right thing to do at the right time, and we're going to get through this."
Initial estimates predicted that at least 70 people had been killed in Kentucky. That estimate has since decreased as first responders began finding others trapped in the rubble.