$6.1 million to seven western Ky. counties recovering from Dec. 2021 tornadoes

Gov. Beshear Team Kentucky Update May 5 (Source: Gov. Andy Beshear FB)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KBSI) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced more than $6.1 million in assistance to go to seven western Kentucky cities, counties and utilities to help with the costs of recovery from the devastating December 2021 tornadoes.

This is a second round of awards from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies (SAFE) fund.

The funds are meant to help cover expenses and services that are not eligible for FEMA aid.

The $6.1 million will accommodate the 5.2% local share for FEMA-eligible expenses.

  • City of Mayfield – more than $2.8 million
  • Mayfield Electric & Water Systems – more than $2 million
  • Caldwell County Fiscal Court – nearly $200,000
  • Dawson Springs – more than $121,000
  • Marshall County Fiscal Court – more than $811,000
  • City of Bowling Green – more than $44,000
  • Hickman County Fiscal Court – more than $17,000

Hopkins County will receive the first round of SAFE funding.

Gov. Beshear recommended the appropriation for the SAFE fund, and the 2022 General Assembly supported the aid by passing Senate Bill 150, which the Governor signed into law April 15.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management continues to receive additional applications for SAFE funding, which they are reviewing to ensure the funds are used to their maximum benefit. KYEM anticipates additional funding will be made available to some of these same entities soon.

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