Kentucky Guard Continues to Fight Floods Waters
By Sgt. Bryan Ploughe
Kentucky National Guard
CANMER, Ky., May. 7, 2010 More than 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard remain on duty after last weekend's storms drenched the south-central part of the state with several inches of rain.
Kentucky National Guard members and local volunteers build a sandbag wall to help prevent the Green River from flooding a water treatment plant in Canmer, Ky., May 3, 2010. U.S. Army photo By Sgt. Bryan Ploughe
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Members of 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, were deployed to help with flood relief efforts at a water treatment plant here May 3. The plant provides water for 27,000 residents of four counties.
Helping with the relief efforts were more than 50 Kentucky Guardsmen, 24 inmates from the Hart County jail, and representatives from five volunteer fire departments.
David Page, district general manager for the Green River Valley water district, John Rutledge, plant superintendent, and Kerry McDaniels, local state emergency management representative, worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and volunteers to assemble sand, dump trucks, backhoes and other assets to safeguard the water treatment plant against the flooding.
State officials continue to assess damage, and the Kentucky National Guard continues to provide support and stands ready to deploy to any area needing assistance, officials said.
Guard officials said flood support missions in Kentucky will include traffic control points, damage assessment teams, sandbag operations and roving security patrols.