Barr, McConnell and Paul renewed their push for Nicholas County flood assistance after the Commonwealth appealed the Biden Administration’s denial of flood assistance to Nicholas County.

Carlisle, KY— U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06), U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden advocating for the approval of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s appeal for federal flood assistance to Nicholas County.  The Commonwealth’s first request was denied by the Biden Administration.  Congressman Barr, Senator McConnell and Senator Paul also wrote a letter of support for that request. 

“We write to call your attention to the September 9th, 2021, letter from Governor Andy Beshear appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) September 5th decision to deny the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s request for a major disaster declaration due to the severe storm cell that caused extensive and deadly flash flooding in Nicholas County on July 29 and 30, 2021,” the letter from Congressman Barr, Senators McConnell and Paul read in part. 

“While the Commonwealth has provided support to Nicholas County’s 7,135 citizens, and local organizations have held fundraisers and processed donations, residents of the City of Carlisle and Nicholas County still face significant economic challenges, including a lack of adequate housing.  Moreover, individuals potentially face job loss through the inability to get to work while also being unable to afford new modes of transportation.  Given this, we believe that the Commonwealth’s appeal of FEMA’s decision deserves your full and fair consideration,” the letter concluded.

Congressman Barr visited Nicholas County and the city of Carlisle shortly after the floods occurred.  The offices for Congressman Barr, Senator McConnell and Senator Paul will continue to assist in flood recovery efforts in Nicholas County and be available to constituents who need help.