LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) visited several communities in Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, August 9th, and Wednesday, August 10th, to meet with flood victims, the Kentucky National Guard, volunteers, first responders, and state and local officials.
“During my travels throughout Eastern Kentucky, I had the opportunity to visit the families and communities affected by catastrophic flooding and surveyed some of the areas that have undergone the most extensive damage. I am deeply grateful to the Kentucky National Guard, emergency personnel, and volunteers working around the clock to clear debris and save lives. I’ve been in contact with the President, federal officials, and state and local leaders since the beginning of this disaster and will continue to use my role in the Senate to advocate for extensive federal aid for Eastern Kentucky,” said Senator McConnell.
McConnell visited with families and thanked the Kentucky National Guard, disaster relief volunteers at Fleming-Neon Middle School in Letcher County
Senator McConnell joined Kentucky’s Governor and entire congressional delegation to encourage the President to expand Individual Assistance and Public Assistance to affected areas and implement a 100% cost-share for debris removal and emergency protective measures. He spoke personally with President Biden, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas, and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Criswell to advocate for increased aid. After hearing concerns from Eastern Kentucky residents and local officials during this week’s visits, Senator McConnell contacted FEMA Administrator Criswell again to encourage expedited assistance for Kentuckians impacted by flooding.
The President has approved extensive federal help for Kentuckians impacted by flooding. A full list of assistance programs is available on Senator McConnell’s website: www.mcconnell.senate.gov
Kentuckians looking for assistance with accessing federal disaster aid can also contact Senator McConnell’s office by calling (502) 582-6304.
McConnell with local officials, law enforcement, and emergency services personnel at Knott County Sportsplex in Leburn
On Tuesday, August 9th, Senator McConnell visited the Pikeville EMS Center in Pike County, Fleming-Neon Middle School in Letcher County, the Knott County Sportsplex in Leburn, and the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department in Floyd County.
On Wednesday, August 10th, Senator McConnell visited County Line Community Church in Chavies, the Watts Fire Department in Lost Creek, Mountain Comprehensive Health in Whitesburg, and the Emergency Management Command Center in Perry County.
After hearing concerns from Eastern Kentucky families and local officials during this week’s visits, Senator McConnell contacted the FEMA Administrator again to encourage expedited assistance for Kentuckians impacted by flooding.