Biden and Beshear to visit eastern Kentucky after flood damage

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit eastern Kentucky communities on Monday, August 8, in the wake of the devastating floods, the White House announced Friday.

The Bidens will join Governor Andy Beshear and the state’s First Lady, Britainy Beshear, to “visit families affected and survey recovery efforts at a local Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State Disaster Recovery Center,” the release stated.

On August 5, Governor Beshear reported that 37 Kentuckians lost their lives to the flood waters. While more than 1,300 had to be rescued by search teams, and several remain homeless.

“We have been closely monitoring the floods since they began, and our hearts break for the families of those who have lost their love — lives or are missing,” said Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on behalf of the White House.

Whitley is among 11 other counties that are now eligible for FEMA assistance.

If you are an individual or household affected by the floods in Whitley County, you can apply for FEMA Individual Assistance, which may include temporary housing assistance, basic home repairs and certain other uninsured disaster-related needs.

Apply online at, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app.

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at the Kentucky Daily

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