In February, Kentucky’s first governor, Matt Bevin, signed into law a $1.4 billion flood mitigation program to prevent damage from the Femsa flood.
The bill was hailed as a major step toward repairing and rebuilding the state.
But it came at a price.
By mid-May, floodwaters were rising in parts of Kentucky, and local officials were scrambling to address the problems.
As of May 7, floodwater had breached an old levee and damaged about a third of the state’s 2.5 million-acre marshland.
The state has since begun rebuilding a portion of the levee, which had flooded in recent years.
The Femsas flooding has also caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, including roads, electrical grids and water pumps, said Mike Burt, the state representative who drafted the flood mitigation bill.
“We were expecting that the federal government would be here in a week or two,” he said.
“But they haven’t been.”
It is the second major flood disaster in the U.S. in less than a week.
In late April, more than a month after the Femas flood, officials in Missouri announced they had destroyed 1,000 homes.
But a federal judge temporarily blocked that order after the government appealed it.
“It was a lot of damage,” said the state of Missouri’s top lawyer, Mike Jones.
The governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, has said that he is willing to pay compensation to affected homeowners.
But many of those homeowners have already lost their homes.
“There’s no compensation, and there’s no relief,” said one woman whose home was damaged in Missouri’s flood.
“I have no hope.”
In August, a flood ravaged the Usan River valley near Washington, D.C., leaving millions of dollars in damage and forcing a federal rescue effort.
It was the first major flood to hit the U of C since the Femenas flood.
Many of those affected in the flood are already back in their homes, but there’s still a lot more work to be done.
“Right now, there are people living in the homes that were damaged in Washington, that were affected in D.S., and in other areas that were impacted by the Feminas flood,” said Burt.
The flood also prompted the U’s president to order federal agencies to develop flood mitigation plans, which would have included a requirement that all federal agencies and the government of Kentucky make money available to affected residents and businesses.
But that money has not yet arrived.
“They’re trying to get it to Kentucky,” said former Gov.
Jim Justice, a Democrat.
“The flood damage is real.
There are still homes in Kentucky that are damaged.”
And even if federal funding arrives soon, that money won’t be enough.
The government has already spent about $1 billion on flood mitigation, including $1 million for flood damage, said Jones.
Burt said the federal flood recovery program has been scaled back to help communities recover faster.
He said that the government has taken a more hands-on approach, relying on volunteers and contractors.
Burch, who is also the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, a business group, said he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to give priority to flood damage mitigation in areas that are already heavily impacted.
The Department of Justice, which is the lead agency on the flood recovery effort, has not responded.
“If they don’t want to take any action at this point, we’re going to continue to have this problem,” said Jones, who added that he thinks that federal authorities could take more action to assist the flood victims.
“And they’re going in to help them, but they’re not going to have to be there.”