Pike, Floyd counties approved for individual assistance by FEMA

Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.
Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.(Floyd County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 10:09 AM EDT
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PIKE, FLOYD COUNTIES, Ky (WSAZ) - President Joe Biden has approved Individual Assistance for Floyd and Pike counties, says Gov. Andy Beshear.

Gov. Beshear wrote on social media Tuesday morning, “This support is critical for our Eastern Kentucky families as we work together to recover and rebuild. The devastation is enormous and every level of support will help.”

As of Tuesday morning, there have been 37 confirmed fatalities in five counties due to flooding.

Yesterday morning, the Governor sent a request to FEMA asking for additional counties to be approved for Individual Assistance. Following this morning’s press conference, the Governor posted to social media announcing that the President approved Individual Assistance for Pike and Floyd counties. Now, the total counties approved include Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike.

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Currently, renters in the approved counties who were affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides that began July 28 may apply for individual disaster assistance by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

Here is what you need to have:

• A current phone number where you can be contacted

• Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying

• Your Social Security number

• A general list of damage and losses

• Banking information if you choose direct deposit

• If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

FEMA officials say if you have homeowners, renter’s or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible.

FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance go to, click here.

For previous coverage >>> CLICK HERE.

The Governor also announced the opening of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mobile Registration Centers where eligible Kentuckians can sign up for Individual Assistance. There is one location in each of the following counties: Knott, Breathitt, Letcher, Clay and Perry.

  • Breathitt County – 421 Jett Drive, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Clay County – Clay Community Center – 311 Highway 638, Manchester, KY 40962
  • Knott County – Knott County Sportsplex – 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765, Leburn, KY 41831
  • Letcher County – Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY, 41858
  • Perry County – Hazard Community and Technical College – 1 Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701

Hours for all the centers are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

FEMA representatives will be at the centers to help with applications for federal assistance and provide information about other disaster recovery resources.

There are 11 emergency shelters active, assisting 429 people. Please visit our Flood Resources page for a full list of locations and addresses.

In addition, a total of 191 people are temporarily housed at Kentucky State Parks.

  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has a total of 145 people occupying rooms, cottages, and the campground. Rooms are fully booked, but campground space is available.
  • Four people are staying in one camper at the Paintsville State Park Campground.
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park has a total of five people temporary housed and has five rooms available.
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park’s power has been restored, and now has running water. Teams are working on phone and internet services. The park has 37 people occupying rooms and 27 rooms and three cottages are available.

There are 25 travel trailers at Jenny Wiley State Park (two operational and ready for occupancy);

There are 17 at the Knott County Sportsplex (none occupied);

Four are at Carr Creek in Knott County (none are occupied).

If you have been impacted by the recent flash floods, please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

You can donate to the Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund >>> HERE.

Right now that fund sits at $2,368,728.47 with 17,925 donations to date.

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