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Knox County Awaiting FEMA Assessments

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KNOX COUNTY, KY (Lex 18 ) - In three days, FEMA will turn in final damage assessments for many Kentucky counties affected by last month's flooding.

If the state meets the threshold for a federal disaster declaration, Governor Bevin will submit a request to the President, which if accepted, could bring in aid money to flood-affected counties. 

Deborah Gray lives in Knox County, one of the many that saw flooding in February. Weeks later, she's still clearing out trash and cleaning the inside of her once flooded home.   

"You can smell it," Gray said about the stench of mildew. "We had to take the floors up."

Gray said rain leaked through the ceiling and flood waters rose above the molding in her bottom floor. 

Outside it was even worse. The exit of her neighborhood was so flooded that rescue crews had to come help her leave.       

According to Gray, that same road, along with many others around the county, is crumbling due to the flood waters. 

"We need road work. We need something to take this water away from us," Gray said. 

Both the state of Kentucky and Knox County declared a state of emergency following the flooding. 

According to the office of Congressman Hal Rogers, FEMA has teams in 24 counties assessing whether or not the Governor and President should do the same at a national level. 

"We have to have disaster funds for this area, not just Knox county," Gray said. "We've got Clay, we've got Laurel, we've got Bell, we've got Whitley."

Knox County Emergency Manager Todd Owens said a disaster declaration by President Trump could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix flood damaged infrastructure around town. 

He met with FEMA representatives after the flooding and said the county surpassed the damage threshold for roads and bridges. 

"FEMA told us that we had met everything, so we're assuming that's coming," Owens said. "I'm sure sometimes the wheels turn slow, but we feel like it will come." 

Gray is less hopeful, but said she'll keep raising her voice until her home county gets what it needs. 

"I just want to go and hear that we are still here and we are suffering," Gray said. 

Lex 18 News reached out to the office of Governor Bevin about the process. Deputy Communications Director Woody Maglinger returned the following statement: 

"Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) continues to work closely with FEMA to assist communities affected by the flooding. KYEM officials traveled to flood-impacted counties immediately after water levels receded to coordinate county damage assessments, and FEMA damage assessment teams have visited the Commonwealth to certify these county assessments. Also, KYEM assisted counties in contacting Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other emergency relief agencies to provide individual assistance."

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