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Kentucky in state of emergency

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More severe weather expected

Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which will allow local officials immediate access to state resources.

The announcement follows recent severe storms in the state, which have caused widespread damage including many counties being impacted by flash flooding.

Johnson County reported a fatality during flooding and rescue workers continue to search for others who are missing or unaccounted for.

In Nelson County, Bloomfield Road was closed for a short period and other areas of the county reported heavy flood. Scott Thompson, with the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District, reported multiple swift water rescues.

“The declaration is a part of the process to identify what assistance is needed in these counties because of the storms,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “We will work with our local and federal partners to measure damage and make sure each community has access to appropriate resources.” 

Additional storms are expected tonight and Gov. Beshear asks that the community monitor weather and exercise caution. Drivers are reminded to check travel routs prior to getting on the road and to not drive through standing water.