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Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear writes letter to President Obama requesting Federal Disaster Declaration for July flooding

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance to individuals in Kentucky recovering from July flooding, according to a news release.

Storms from July 11-20 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which claimed four lives, washed out roads and forced people from their homes. In a letter to the President, Beshear requests a major disaster declaration for individual assistance, specifically for Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties.

"This system produced prolonged episodes of heavy rain, strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes, which caused flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides," Gov. Beshear wrote in the letter, according to the news release. "The impact of this weather has severely affected a large portion of the Commonwealth."

Gov. Beshear has already issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for all of Kentucky on July 13, at which time the Commonwealth's Emergency Operations Plan and the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center were activated.

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