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 the Biden Administration on Friday urging an expedited approval for federal flood assistance to Nicholas County.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky finalized the federal disaster request last Thursday, August 19. On July 29 and July 30, the city of Carlisle and Nicholas County experienced tremendous flood damage to 88 homes, 29 businesses, and critical infrastructure that downed the city’s fire department services and impacted their wastewater treatment plant. 

“We write to call your attention to the August 19th, 2021 letter from Governor Andy Beshear requesting a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky due to the severe storm cell that caused extensive and deadly flash flooding in Nicholas County on July 29 and 30, 2021. We strongly support this request and ask for your timely consideration,” the letter from Congressman Barr, Senators McConnell and Paul read in part. 

“Many homeowners did not have flood insurance policies. Individual Assistance is needed for the community to recover from this devastating event,” the letter continued. 

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.