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Governors Beshear, Daniels react to tornado damage in Kentuckiana

by WHAS11


Posted on March 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 8:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The governor's of Ind. and Ky. were both in Louisville Monday morning. Both toured the hard hit towns in both states over the weekend.

Governor Steve Beshear said some areas looked like a war zone.

Joint preliminary damage assessments will be conducted by teams from the FEMA of Ind. and the U.S. Small Business Administration beginning Tuesday morning in Clark, Ripley, Washington, Jefferson and Scott counties.

At the announcement of the Ohio River Bridges Project Monday, both governors said the tabulation process to qualify for federal disaster aid will get underway in the next couple of days.

"Like Indiana, we don't know a number yet. Our level from a statewide perspective is I believe $5.8 million that we had to hit or exceed and we're obviously going to do that and we've gone on because of that and requested a presidential disaster declaration," said Steve Beshear, Ky.

"The process of tallying dollar damages is going to take a little while. Our first emphasis quite naturally has been on helping people and making sure everyone is rescued, relieved, bed, clothed, the basics," said Mitch Daniels, Ind.