201st Engineers clear debris in wake of spring floods

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Story and photos courtesy 201st Engineer Battalion

Engineers clear debris from devastated downtown Olive Hill, Ky. May 7. Photo by Capt. Derrick Frodge, 201st Engineer Battalion.

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (May 11, 2010)–Soldiers of the 149th Vertical Engineer Company from Olive Hill, Ky., and the 207th Horizontal Engineer Company from Hazard and Jackson, Ky., deployed to Carter, Bath, Rowan, and Lewis Counties to conduct debris removal and damage assessment in the wake of flooding from torrential downpours of May 1 and 2.

During the mission, the units cleared roughly 80 tons of debris from over 25 miles of city streets which allowed civil authorities and utility companies access to the stricken areas for badly needed repairs and services.   Damage assessment teams from the engineers escorted FEMA representatives over badly damaged roads to the hardest hit regions to allow them to

Engineers from the 149th Vertical Engineer Co. and the 207th Horizontal Engineer Co. clear debris from a road in Olive Hill, Ky. May 7. Photo by Capt. Derrick Frodge, 201st Engineer Battalion.

determine the level of response needed to restore the basic services.

“This is our mission,” said Capt. Derrick Frodge, 201st EN Battalion Administrative Officer. “ We are uniquely equipped, trained, and accustomed to these types of emergencies.”

The 149th and 207th Engineer Companies are part of the 201st Engineer Battalion from Ashland, Ky.

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