Kentucky National Guard troops mobilized for flood relief mission

Contact:  Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, 502-352-8008

Frankfort, Ky. (April 26, 2011)  – The Kentucky National Guard is currently deploying troops in support of flood relief efforts in Western Kentucky.

“At the request of Governor Steve Beshear, I’ve directed the mobilization of more than 80 Soldiers in support of the current flood situation,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky.  “We are fully prepared to change these numbers as the mission requires.”

“The National Guard is Kentucky’s hometown defense force and as such we have a personal stake in this fight,” said Tonini.  “We have the experience and expertise to see this crisis through.”

Fifty-one members of the 2113th Transportation Company out of Paducah are servicing Western Kentucky as follows:

  • Team one: 27 members of the 2113th are erecting water barriers outside of Smithland, in Livingston County.
  • Team two: 24 members of the 2113th are sandbagging areas throughout Ballard County.

Flooding in these areas is due to the cresting Ohio River.  Both teams are working in full coordination and cooperation with local county judge executives and emergency management officials in the respective counties.

In addition, approximately 31 members of the 206th Engineers out of Owensboro are erecting water barriers and placing sandbags around the Kentucky Education Television building on the Henderson and Daviess County border. A sandbagging machine from the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center has been provided to the 206th to use for this mission.

Water in this area is due to the oversaturation of the ground and the flat terrain of this area.

Updates of the Kentucky National Guard supporting Kentucky’s flood relief will be posted on this news site as well as the Kentucky National Guard’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

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