Gov. Beshear signs Eastern Kentucky flood relief bill into law

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Aug 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-26 14:33:00-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Beshear has signed a bill into law that would help provide relief to those severely impacted by recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

The $212.7 million package dips into the state's budget reserves to help cities, counties, school districts recover from flooding in the area. More aid will be needed as the true extent of the damage is calculated.

The recent flooding killed at least 39 people. It also destroyed homes and businesses while leaving thousands of families without their possessions. It's expected to take years for many to recover.

The plan would draw $200 million from the state Budget Reserve Trust Fund. The biggest chunk — $115 million — would support cities, counties, school districts, state agencies and utility service providers. Another $45 million would help repair and replace bridges and roads. And $40 million would be used for repairs to school buildings, additional transportation costs for displaced students and services for children and families.

Nearly $12.7 million in federal funds would be used for water and sewer infrastructure projects.