KYTC Helping State Rebuild Flood-Damaged Communities

As part of ongoing efforts to help Eastern Kentucky rebuild after devastating floods hit the region two years ago, Governor Andy Beshear (D) (above) recently held a press briefing to discuss ongoing community “high-ground” rebuild projects that involve the construction of new homes and surface transportation infrastructure.

[Above photo by the KYTC]

The governor also joined local officials to present over $11 million in funding to benefit the hard-hit counties of Letcher and Knott, which will go toward improving water and sewer infrastructure repairs, modifying Jenkins City Hall, developing a recreational trail system, and patching roadways.

The “high-ground” communities being built with that funding are designed with “resilience in mind” said Gov. Beshear in a statement, allowing survivors to “begin rebuilding their lives in an area that’s safe and secure from future flooding disasters.”

Photo by KYTC

As part of those efforts, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – along with the local governments – is helping oversee the construction of roads in the affected areas so contractors and eventually residents can access the new home sites.

“Team Kentucky is building pathways to a promising future for Eastern Kentuckians impacted by the floods,” the governor noted.

“These road projects will help contractors access the construction site and get residents one step closer to rebuilding their homes and lives,” he said.

Work to build roads and bring utilities to the home-building site is expected to start this summer, the governor’s office noted.

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