9:53am

Wed June 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Feds Fund Storm Cleanups

FRANKFORT – The state will receive a $4.27 million National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will create about 317 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck Kentucky in April. “This money will help Kentucky communities rebuild after suffering extensive damage this spring,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release from his office. “The temporary jobs it will create will not only benefit current jobseekers but will provide much-needed assistance in those hard-hit areas.”

The grant, awarded to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will fund a variety of services, including providing temporary employment on projects to assist with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within the affected communities, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and safety assistance, as needed.

Funds may also be used to provide core, intensive and retraining services to participants who cannot return to work.

After President Obama granted a disaster declaration to Kentucky, on May 4 FEMA the following counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program:

Anderson, Bath, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Clay, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Henry, Kenton, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Logan, Lyon, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Robertson, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union and Washington.

All of the counties under the declaration are targeted to receive assistance under this grant. Kentucky officials anticipate that additional counties will be added.