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FEMA holds town hall in Floyd

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), held a town hall at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Wednesday, August 10, for those displaced by the destruction of the July floods in Eastern Kentucky. FEMA officials gathered in the restaurant of the May Lodge to inform those affected on the process...
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FEMA officials encourage flood victims to remain persistent in their efforts to receive financial aid

More than two weeks after catastrophic flooding laid waste to portions of Eastern Kentucky and claimed dozens of lives, Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker said the immediate goal now is to get those remaining displaced flood survivors into temporary safe and sanitary housing until more permanent housing is made available.

PPD: Fleeing shoplifters collided with law enforcement cruiser

A Floyd man and woman were arrested on multiple charges after a shoplifting report led to felony endangerment charges against the woman. According to the arrest citation written by Prestonsburg Police Officer Keegan Williams, on Aug. 5, he was advised that Brooke Howell, 22, of Jim Case Lane, McDowell, and Denver Hall, 55, of Woodland Hills, Prestonsburg, were shoplifting from the Prestonsburg Walmart.

Prestonsburg Police Department assisting flood-stricken communities

The City of Prestonsburg has witnessed more tragedy in the past six weeks than at any time since the city was incorporated on March 9, 1867. The town still dealing with the aftermath of the deadly June 30 shooting at Allen, that claimed the lives of two of Prestonsburg’s finest police officers, a sheriff’s deputy and a K9 officer. Now, the city is dealing with record-setting flood waters and damage.
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Free legal help available for Kentucky flooding survivors

A free legal help hotline is now available for Kentucky Flooding survivors. The hotline is available to connect survivors to free legal services in qualifying counties who cannot afford an attorney. Survivors can call 1-844-478-0099 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If after business hours, messages can be left and calls will be returned on the next business day.
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Big Sandy RECC opens Prestonsburg office

Floyd County welcomed a new, but familiar, business to town on Aug. 8 as Big Sandy RECC held a ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of its new office located in the Glyn View Plaza in Prestonsburg. Bruce Aaron Davis, CEO of Big Sandy RECC, expressed his excitement about the new...

How to document ownership and occupancy for FEMA

As part of the disaster assistance process, FEMA must determine ownership and occupancy of damaged primary residences. The agency has taken steps to make it easier for disaster survivors to verify ownership and occupancy. Owners and renters in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and...

Man accused of officers’ murders arraigned

The man charged in the murder of three Floyd County police officers, K-9 Drago, as well as injuring four other officers, appeared via video for arraignment before Floyd Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris Aug. 8. Counsel for Lance Storz, 49, of Main Street, Allen, waved his formal arraignment and entered...

FEMA: Be safe when returning to flooded home

Flooding is terrifying, and even after flooding has stopped, damage left behind can be dangerous to health and safety. Here are some steps to follow after a flood. • If you left home during the storm, return to your home only after local officials have said it is safe to do so.

Friends of Jenny Wiley serve flood victims

One Floyd County group hosted an old-fashioned potluck dinner on Friday, August 5, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for those displaced by the devastating floods that recently ripped through Eastern Kentucky. The Friends of Jenny Wiley are a group of citizens whose main objective is to improve JWSRP through...

Floyd County welcomes home Darrin Lawson

Floyd County community members rallied together Aug. 5 to welcome home Darrin Lawson, a local hero who was severely injured in the line of duty during a shooting at Allen on June 30, an incident which left three other officers and a K9 unit dead, and several responders injured. Prestonsburg...

Biden visits flood-ravaged E.Ky.

President Joe Biden and state and local officials stood in front of the remains of a flood-ravaged home in Breathitt County Aug 8, where Biden pledged that the the federal government will stay with the people of Eastern Kentucky as they recover from recent catastrophic flooding. U.S Rep. Hal Rogers...

Kentucky renters can apply for FEMA assistance

Renters in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties whose homes and property were damaged by Eastern Kentucky flooding can apply for federal disaster assistance. FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay...

Beshear provides update on flooding, response

On Aug. 5, Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on the continuing stabilization efforts following the historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. “One of the main things that we’re doing today, because we have moved past the initial search and rescue phase and because we are worried about weather coming up, is wellness checks,” Gov. Beshear said. “There are a lot of people who may be stranded in their home because their private bridge has been wiped out – so there will be a lot of wellness checks underway.”