Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear witnessed an aerial view of the water damage from an estimated 5 to 6 1/2 inches of rain that fell Sunday on an already saturated earth. Governor Beshear discussed his 'birds eye' view at the press conference earlier this morning, Tuesday, March 2. He said, "I was able to assess how quickly it (the water) came and how quickly the water receded. The bridges that will need to be replaced. An incredible event happened here."
Beshear said he really appreciated the efforts made by the city of Murray, Calloway County, and emergency management in this time of need. He said, "How we show up in a time of need says a lot. This is one of those times of need. This year has been one of those times in need."
The governor said the flash flooding in Murray doesn't allow the benefit of 'pushing the pause button'. "There's been lots of structural damage but no loss of life," said Beshear. Crews are working to remove debris, clear the roads, and restore power.
On Sunday, Beshear signed a state of emergency order for the city of Murray. The governor said that after Sunday's rain, there were 29 counties and seven cities in need of assistance. He said it may take some time and a good written plan but the hope is to qualify for a national declaration from the president of the U.S. It would be ideal to have federal and state help.
Judge Executive Kenneth Imes was the next to speak. He said that within a two hour window after he signed the executive order, the governor signed off on it. "I appreciate the speed at which you've (the governor) handled this and the resources made available," said Imes.
Mayor Bob Rogers said, "As you drive through town you won't see much debris on the streets, the damage is in the houses, businesses, and apartment buildings. People are sweeping out mud. This happens at a time when businesses have been closed. They're struggling."
MSU President Dr. Bob Jackson said he's grateful for the help and support given by the governor's office. He mentioned the fact that western Kentucky, specifically Murray, is 275 miles from the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. Governor Beshear made it a point to say earlier in his comments how important it was for him to come and assess the damage himself. The good people of western Kentucky need to know they aren't forgotten and are important.
Governor Beshear arriving in Murray, KY to assess the damage caused by Sunday's flooding.