Abramson asks for federal aid to repair flood damage

By Scott Reynolds - bio | email
Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The damages from the flooding of August 4 are definitely in the millions of dollars throughout Louisville. Now, Mayor Jerry Abramson is asking for federal help to pay for the cleanup.

The cost to repair all of the damage is still unknown, but Abramson said he already knows the city and homeowners will need money.

More than 30 government buildings were damaged. The main library had the most damage when the waters poured into the basement destroying books and computers. Metro Animal Services had to evacuate animals when at least 3-feet of water flooded its facility on Manslick Road.

If approved. FEMA will pay for 75% of claims to clean up government property. There could also be some help for homeowners. If enough homes were damaged or destroyed, FEMA will offer low interest loans to people. To get that help, Louisville has to have more than 100 homes damaged beyond repair.

Abramson said he is working with Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY) and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) to find any assistance available for uninsured homeowners.

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