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Gov. Beshear: Cooling centers open as flooded Kentucky counties face dangerous heat

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 12:18:40-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced eight cooling centers are opening in eastern Kentucky after historic flooding hit several communities the week prior.

The cooling stations include:

  • Breathitt County – Breathitt Library – 1024 College Ave., Lost Creek 
  • Floyd County – Floyd Community Center – 7199 KY-80, Langley 
  • Johnson County – City of Paintsville Recreation Center – 232 Preston St., Paintsville 
  • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop, Leburn 
  • Letcher County – Letcher County Central High School – 435 Cougar Drive, Whitesburg 
  • Perry County – Perry County Community Center – 354 Perry Park, Hazard 
  • Pike County – Valley Elementary School – 162 Douglas Pkwy., Pikeville
  • Wolfe County – Senior Center – 76 Marion St., Campton

Extreme heat is becoming a concern as the heat index is expected to peak nearly 100 degrees in some locations the first week of August. This type of heat is dangerous for those without power.

“Don’t be too proud to go to one of these places. It’s going to be really hot and really dangerous,” the Governor said. “So if you have a family member who’s older or maybe who has some conditions, you want to make sure you get them to a place where they’re going to be cool enough.”

Renters and homeowners in Breathitt, Clay, Knott, Letcher, and Perry are eligible to apply for relief money from FEMA.

FEMA mobile registration sites are now open in five Kentucky counties

Virtual free general health care services for those impacted by the eastern Kentucky floods

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