Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has officially declared a state of emergency in response to flooding that swamped parts of the state over the weekend. Heavy rains are being blamed for four confirmed deaths and one unconfirmed fatality. Beshear has discussed the state's situation with President Obama.
"The President called to offer whatever assistance is needed and to also let us know that both his and the First Lady Michelle Obama's thoughts and prayers are with all of us in Kentucky during these very trying times."
Beshear is also in contact with the federal Department of Homeland Security and is pursuing a federal disaster declaration. The governor says most of the damage in Kentucky is to infrastructure, like roads and water/sewage treatment plans. At least 76 counties have reported road closures. Some homes and businesses along waterways also suffered damage.