Richmond, Ky. —  The Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) received the announcement on Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Madison County has been added to the disaster declaration for July’s severe storms, flooding and mudslides.  Madison County is now eligible for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance.

“This is wonderful news for the residents of southern Madison County and Berea,” said Madison County Emergency Management Director Carl Richards.

“This assistance may help ease some of the burden as people go through the difficulty of dealing with property loss or damage,” Richards said.

Madison County residents can now register for Individual Assistance, which can include grants for homeowners and renters to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses.  Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes.

Local governments in Madison County are now eligible to apply for funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance program to pay for emergency measures, debris removal, and to repair and replace infrastructure damaged by the storms.

Homeowners and renters in Madison County should register with FEMA as soon as possible online at or by calling toll-free: (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or TTY (800) 462-7585.

“I would like to thank Berea Mayor Steve Connelly and Randy Stone for all their support and great staff they provided during our preliminary damage assessments from the flash flood event,” said Richards.

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  1. I would like to thank Carl Richards for his aid by phone conversations in keeping me abreast of any aid helping the residents of Madison county and advising me on what to do about all the water in my basement that is still coming in. I am a 72 year old widower, am on oxygen and living alone so I have to depend on help when something like this arises. Both Mr.Richards and his entire staff have been very helpful in getting me registered for help in fighting the seemingly constant flood of water. They all have been great and seem to honestly be concerned for my problems in trying to deal with this. My thanks to each of you. It is so appreciated.

    Charlotte Ann Vance

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