McCracken County homeowners devastated FEMA isn’t helping with flood damage

UPDATE: Senator McConnell spoke on the Senate floor about the recent storm damage across the state of Kentucky on Thursday. McConnell’s statement reads in part, “In recent months, my home state of Kentucky has been hit hard by severe weather. Over half of our 120 counties have reported flood damage. Governor Bevin has placed the entire Commonwealth under a state of emergency and mobilized resources to help with recovery. Local, state and federal emergency officials have started assessing the flood damage. My staff and I are monitoring the progress to provide assistance wherever we can.” McConnell also met with the director of the Division of Emergency management on Thursday to discuss recent flooding in Kentucky.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Devastated: That’s how homeowners facing flood damage in McCracken County say they are feeling after finding out the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not reimburse them for cleanup and recovery.

Paducah-McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield says the reason FEMA isn’t offering individual assistance is because McCracken County fell short of the agency’s threshold of 80 homes with major damage.

McCracken County resident Gini Grace says that makes a difficult situation even worse.

“It’s affected everything in my life severely, and I just, I’m just devastated by the flood,” says Grace.

Grace lost pretty much everything in the flood a few weeks ago. She says she had to be rescued from her home when water started coming through the floor.

“I’m 5-foot-3 , so it was very high,” says Grace.

Grace says she feels like she has been forgotten by the government.

“We’re just a number on a report, and there is so much more than that we contribute to the economy. We work. We have families. We have homes,” says Grace.

Mansfield says the state government has to request FEMA to come in and offer individual assistance. Because McCracken County doesn’t have 80 homes with major damage, Mansfield says it wouldn’t do any good for the state to put in a request.

“The state doesn’t make the request, because they know it would not go any further,” says Mansfield.

Grace says she would like to see the state at least try.

“I would rather see the I-A being asked, for the state to ask for the individual assistance, and be denied by FEMA, then our state not recognize the need of its citizenry,” says Grace.

Mansfield says people can still contact the McCracken County Emergency Management to come and evaluate their flood damage and have their homes added to the list of damaged homes.

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