Governor Matt Bevin sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, March 9, 2018, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 eastern Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe flooding event in February. The flooding caused over $18 million in damages to highways, bridges, and local infrastructure. Some of the counties included in the request are Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties. KY Emergency Management director Michael Dossett said they are hopeful for federal assistance for the counties as they work to repair damages to infrastructure. Since 2009, Kentucky has been granted 19 federally declared disasters resulting from severe weather and flooding events.