U.S. aid denial spurs local relief effort.

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

News that Franklin County will not receive disaster money to cover flood damage came as a disappointment, but has served to reinforce local relief efforts.

Susan Goddard, who was among the planners and performers gathered Saturday at River View Park for the Bald Knob Disaster Relief Concert, said she's more determined to raise money.

"If anything, I think it made us work harder," said Goddard, taking a break from performing with her band, Everyday Rednecks. "It drove me to work harder. That's been the viewpoint of really the whole (concert) committee."

The state Division of Emergency Management reported Friday Kentucky was denied its request for federal assistance for last month's storms that killed two people in Franklin County and caused millions of dollars in damage.

Gov. Paul Patton last month asked President Bush to declare a disaster in Franklin County following storms here on Aug. 22. During a 90-minute period that day, parts of the county were bombarded with up to six inches of rain.

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