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Kentucky Experience


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Kentucky has made no requests for assistance from the network or our USDA partner.


Response Notes Digest 



Entered June 3 from a Response Note received May 16.

Beginning the week of April 18 high winds, tornadoes, hail and heavy rains moved into Kentucky.  The heavy rains continued as one weather system after another moved through the state. Some areas of the state received a total of over 20 inches of rain before finally clearing.  The historic rain amounts caused lakes and rivers to crest at unprecedented levels and historic flooding. On April 25 Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency and requested federal assistance.  On May 4 the President approved a Major Disaster Declaration for mitigation and public assistance. (

Affected areas include:  Anderson County, Bath County, Boone County, Boyd County, Bracken County, Campbell County, Carroll County, Carter County, Clay County, Estill County, Fleming County, Franklin County, Gallatin County, Grant County, Green County, Greenup County, Harlan County, Henry County, Kenton County, Lawrence County, Lee County, Lewis County, Mason County, Mercer County, Morgan County, Nicholas County, Oldham County, Owen County, Owsley County, Pendleton County, Robertson County, Spencer County, Trimble County, and Washington County. (

Only 13 percent of the state’s corn was in the ground as of April 17. That is well below the 31 percent that was planted by this time in 2010 and lower than the five-year average of 22 percent. Corn planted in the first part of May has an average yield decrease of 1 bushel per acre per day, and corn planted in the latter part of May has an average yield decrease of 2 bushels per acre per day. In a normal year, Kentucky’s corn crop is in the ground by May 15 to maintain average yield potential.  (




County extension offices have reported assisting their communities through providing facilities for local responders to meet, feeding volunteers assisting in the recovery efforts, and providing educational materials and information to clientele inquiring about flood issues (i.e., what to do about flooded appliances, mold, etc.). 


EDEN network providing invaluable communication between states for assistance and information through the listserv.  In addition, the floods and flooding page has provided important tools to provide to our Extension educators to assist with the information needed by their clientele.  Also, personal contact with EDEN delegates from other states (i.e., Steve Cain) has proven to be invaluable assistance during this time of extreme devastation (see Kudos section below). 


Steve Cain from Purdue University donated EDEN flood publications (driving them down personally himself) and delivered them to the Daviess County Extension Office for distribution to affected counties' clientele. 


University of Kentucky   [Andrea Husband]


Last Updated:6/3/2011 3:50 PM

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