Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Patton declares emergency in 16 counties

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 16 counties after a weekend of severe weather that included tornadoes and floods.

The affected areas included Mercer County, which Patton toured Sunday. A tornado ripped through a subdivision north of Harrodsburg, killing a woman whose mobile home was blown into the Salt River.

Patton's executive order declares emergencies in these counties: Breathitt, Carter, Crittenden, Fleming, Greenup, Hardin, Hart, Lewis, Mercer, Nicholas, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Robertson, Rowan and Webster. It also covers the town of Clay in Webster County.

Patton says he believed there was enough damage to justify a federal disaster declaration but that the state would need hard data.

Assessment teams from Kentucky Emergency Management are compiling figures, according to Patton's office.

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