floods

Report: Flood insurance cost a barrier to Eastern Kentucky recovery

BY: - October 16, 2023

The cost of flood insurance is a large recovery barrier for people living in Eastern Kentucky flood plains, says a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Researcher Matt Klesta reported what locals have said: Flood insurance is too expensive for most residents. Also, floods have made affordable housing problems worse and driven locals […]

COMMENTARY

When homes flood, who retreats and to where?

BY: and - June 29, 2023

After Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans in 2021, Kirt Talamo, a fourth-generation Louisianan, decided it was time to go. He sold his flooded home, purchased his grandmother’s former house on New Orleans’ west bank, which hadn’t flooded, and moved in. It felt good to be back within its familiar walls, but his mind was on […]

Legislature approves $20 million for housing in disaster zones

BY: - March 17, 2023

FRANKFORT — Although it was much less than they had hoped, affordable-housing advocates in Kentucky are applauding the legislature’s decision to put $20 million into a new Rural Housing Trust Fund. The money is not a new appropriation but comes from more than $400 million the legislature had set aside last year for disaster relief […]

COMMENTARY

Kentucky legislature should have AHEART, put pandemic windfall to work building affordable housing

BY: - January 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — A proposal by nonprofits working to keep Kentuckians housed is almost touching for its modesty: $150 million as a downpayment on affordable housing seems like the least the legislature could do this session, considering both the enormity of the need and the state’s pandemic windfall. In Eastern Kentucky, flooded homes that were salvageable […]

Beshear looks to ‘higher ground’ for rebuilding after devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky

BY: - December 7, 2022

FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear says homes being built to replace those lost to devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky cannot go back into  flood plains. “Right now, we’re in active negotiations to acquire land on higher ground where we are going to rebuild towns that coal companies may have built a hundred years ago,” the […]

June Buchanan Medical Clinic in Hindman

Hindman medical clinic reopens after flooding closed it for four months

BY: - December 5, 2022

Damage from severe flooding forced UK HealthCare’s June Buchanan Medical Clinic in Hindman to close for four months. On Monday, the clinic reopened.  The University of Kentucky said in a news release that UK HealthCare oversees several clinics in areas overwhelmed by last summer’s flooding. The Hindman clinic, which is at 59 Cowtown Road, “took […]