Gov. Steve Beshear announced last week that President Obama granted Kentucky’s request for a major disaster declaration following the recent devastating winter snow and ice storm that left more than 400,000 without power at a cost of over $61 million.

The major disaster declaration increases the amount of federal assistance for the state. Some 29 storm-related fatalities occurred and 101 of the state’s 129 counties declared emergencies because of the storm.

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