Storm emergency declared

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Report Published:

Gov. Paul Patton issued an executive order Tuesday declaring a state of emergency in Franklin County following Friday's devastating thunderstorms. Patton's order also covered Bullitt and Spencer counties.

Six inches of rain within 90 minutes caused flash flooding in the Bald Knob area and killed Eugenie Ann McClease, 39, and her 6-year-old son, Jeffery Allen McClease Jr., of 1395 Harvieland Road, when their house was swept away into Stony Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management will coordinate response and relief activities of all state agencies and private relief organizations, and has requested the affected counties to expedite local damage assessment.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin preliminary damage assessment as early as Thursday on the heavily affected areas pertaining to personal property, particularly Franklin County.

Throughout the storm area, extensive damage to houses, roads, crops, power lines and personal property was reported.

Franklin Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said at least 57 homes - 28 of which were farms - were impacted in some way by the flooding.

The Franklin County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has applied for grant money to assist farmers who sustained flood damage. Those who are eligible need to sign up by Sept. 30.

The grant will provide applicants 64 percent cost-share for the following practices: repairing and restoring damaged fences with the farmer providing the number of rods of fence lost, its age and type; removing debris from crop and forage fields; reshaping and re-leveling fields; repairing dams and levees.

For more information call the FSA office at 695-5203.

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