Gov. Beshear visits Big Sandy region in wake of floods

Weekday broadcast of WYMT Mountain News First at Four

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Speaking at Valley Elementary School and the Floyd County Community Center Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed that FEMA will now provide individual assistance to those affected by flooding and mudslides.

Beshear says the approval for assistance was quickly approved and now, Pike and Floyd Counties are the sixth and seventh counties to receive the opportunity for assistance.

Although the area avoided more flooding overnight, many families are still trapped following mudslides and roads being washed out.

Pike County Judge-Executive Ray S. Jones urged Pike Countians who needed assistance to call the county’s emergency line at (606) 432-0210.

“This is the fastest, in my career, I have ever seen individual assistance declared,” said Jones.

The governor said they will be there in the coming weeks and working on the distribution of supplies as extreme temperatures move into the area. He urged Kentuckians to lean on each other as we face the aftermath of the disaster.

“The violence of what this water did is indescribable,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is emotional. It is difficult. And I want to say, to folks out there, it’s okay not to be okay. No matter how big and strong and tough you are, when you need somebody, lean on ’em. If you need to cry, do it in front of anyone. Lord knows I’ve done it enough in front of everybody. We love each other and we’re there to help each other. It’s okay to lean on people for help. And for those who have lost everything – especially those who have lost family members – let us carry your grief just a little bit. If we can pick up just a bit of it and carry it for you, we want to do that.”

Leaders say the most important thing in all of the devastation is not the funding, but the folks who give back to their neighbors, even when they have nothing left to give.

He said First Lady Britainy Beshear is working to organize a drive for the kids to help boost their spirits and meet their needs as well.

You can watch both of the news conferences here:

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