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Beshear declares state of emergency in response to eastern Ky. flooding

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 18:46:36-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in several southeastern counties.

“By declaring a state of emergency, I am enabling the mobilization of state resources to be utilized in support of cities and counties in need,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We are acting swiftly to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky families and communities that have been impacted.”

Several counties have already declared a state of emergency including Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley

Since Feb. 3, Kentucky has experienced significant flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the southeastern portion of the Commonwealth. This has resulted in enhanced threats to citizens and major impacts on infrastructure, governmental properties, commercial properties, agricultural production and private properties.

To report weather-related damage, please contact your local emergency management office. For information about KYEM operations, please contact Monica French at 502-607-5721.

Gov. Beshear has also issued an executive order implementing Kentucky's price-gouging laws. The emergency order triggers Kentucky’s consumer protection measures the next 30 days. The protective measures may be extended beyond 30 days if needed.

If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-432-9257.