Kentucky Emergency Management confirms four fatalities in Menifee County, one in Kenton County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear has authorized the deployment of 50 Kentucky National Guard troops and a mobile Guard unit to Morgan County to assist with storm recovery efforts.
A 12-person rescue team out of Lexington will also assist in reaching storm victims in West Liberty where the downtown received heavy damage.
Earlier today, Gov. Beshear declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.
State agencies continue to gather reports of damage across the state from the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), part of Kentucky Emergency Management. Damage assessment teams will begin reviewing damages as soon as possible. CEOC has confirmed four fatalities in Menifee County and one fatality in Kenton County.
Information will continue to be released by the state’s emergency operations throughout the night and tomorrow as updates occur. For media updates, contact the Commonwealth Joint Information Center at 502-607-6903.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Louisville made the following remarks Friday regarding the severe storms that hit Kentucky:
“Elaine and I are praying for the families of the victims and to all those who have been affected by these terrible storms that hit Kentucky over the past two days. My office has been in contact with the Governor’s office and I will continue to closely follow developments to help wherever we can. Finally, I want to extend my gratitude to the first responders, including the Kentucky National Guard, who are providing the much-needed response and relief.”
Weather safety tips and weather alerts by county can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) website atwww.kyem.ky.gov.