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by Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio

Some of the western Kentucky residents who were forced to evacuate their homes due to severe flooding will be allowed to return soon.

Governor Steve Beshear today authorized the move as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers recede.

But while some residents will return to their homes, not all of them will stay. Lisa McManus left her McCracken County house and is going back only to retrieve what is salvageable.

“I don’t think I’d ever want to live here. Even if it was fixed.  Because that security that I would have of being at my home, is gone.  That would be constantly on your mind, the devastation.”

Emergency officials are now focusing more attention damage assessments and cleanup efforts. The National Guard will remain a presence in some areas for safety and security.