Bevin requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for several counties in south central Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 58 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event in February and March.

The system produced extended episodes of strong winds and torrential rain, which caused flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides, resulting in over $41 million in damages statewide. Three Kentuckians lost their lives during the event, along with many minor injuries.

If approved, the request will provide federal assistance to the counties impacted by the severe weather.

Among the counties included in the request are Butler, Edmonson, Metcalfe and Simpson.

Since 2009, Kentucky has been granted 19 federally declared disasters as a result of severe weather and flooding events.