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Two Kentucky Counties Added for Public Assistance for March Disaster


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for March severe storms and snow in order to make Bath and Harlan counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.

Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Bath and Harlan may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work, debris removal and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.

With this disaster’s amendment, there are now a total of 58 Kentucky counties eligible for Public Assistance.

The previously designated counties are: Anderson, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Clay, Daviess, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Hancock, Harrison, Hart,  Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Lecher, Lewis, Magoffin, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington, Webster, Whitley and Woodford.

Bath is also now eligible for snow assistance under the Public Assistance program for any continuous 48-hour period associated with the March 3 to March 9 storms.

Emergency assistance was already provided for snow-related work to Anderson, Bourbon, Boyd, Bullitt, Butler, Calloway, Carter, Daviess, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Hart, LaRue, Lewis, Marshall, Mason, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Robertson, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington and Woodford counties.

(story provided by Kentucky Emergency Management)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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