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Governor says President visiting sends 'strong, positive response' to those suffering from natural disasters

Gov. Andy Beshear said about $290,000 of the money donated to the relief fund has been distributed and that the money has helped to pay for 29 funerals.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It has been about two weeks since the deadly flooding that swept through several counties in eastern Kentucky, and debris removal is already underway.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 37 people have been confirmed dead, and another has been presumed dead, bringing the presumed total to 38. He also said two people are still missing.

He mentioned how he believed President Joe Biden visiting not only eastern Kentucky but the western portion of the state that had been hit by the deadly tornadoes sends a "strong, positive response."

So far he said there are 20 crews that are helping with debris removal.

There are seven mobile registration centers traveling throughout eastern Kentucky with five stationary disaster recovery centers stationed throughout the region. Eight more recovery centers are supposed to open soon at:

  1. Clay County Community Center
  2. Cristian Appalachian Project in Floyd County
  3. Flood Plains Management Building
  4. Magoffin County Health Department
  5. Martin County Business Center
  6. Owsley Recreation Center
  7. Dorton Community Center in Pike County
  8. 100 Briarcreek Park Road in Whitley County

Beshear said 77 travel trailers have made their way to eastern Kentucky with several already occupied.

The Team Eastern Kentucky Fund Relief Fund has raised over $4 million since the donation portal went live, and $290,000 has already been distributed. He said that money has helped to pay for 29 funerals.

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