More people in flooded Eastern Kentucky counties eligible for housing, other help

Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Weather News

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has approved individual assistance for people in more counties hit by recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office announced Saturday.

There are now 12 counties where residents are eligible for assistance, according to the release: Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley.

Individual assistance can include help with the cost of temporary housing and home repairs.

This is what you need to apply: a current phone number; 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 also approved disaster unemployment assistance, or DUA, for people in those counties, according to the release from Beshear’s office.

People can submit a claim for DUA benefits online through the Kentucky Career Center website or by phone at 502-875-0442.


The application deadline has been extended until Sept. 6.

In order to qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the flooding that began July 26 and that they are not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.

In addition to people put out of work by the flooding, disaster unemployment assistance is available to people who, as a result of the disaster, became the major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household.

Farmers, who are usually not eligible for traditional unemployment payments, may also qualify.


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