Update on Kentucky National Guard flood relief mission

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Photos by Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

Members of the 206th Engineer Battalion and 130th Engineer Support Company use heavy equipment to fill and load sandbags for transportation for use around the Henderson, Ky. area April 27 where recent rain storms have caused massive flooding. The Soldiers will use the sandbags to prevent damage to radio structures used by the Kentucky State Police for retransmission. Photo by Army Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

HENDERSON, Ky. (April 27, 2011) – The Kentucky National Guard currently has 125 Guardsmen supported by 24 tactical vehicles providing support to civil authorities in response to flooding along the Ohio River.  Troops are conducting water barrier and sandbagging operations in Ballard, Ohio, and Livingston Counties and completed a sandbagging mission in Daviess County today.

Army Spc. Robert R. Mason Jr. a 40 year-old equipment operator and radio technician assigned to the 130th Heavy Combat Support Company surveys a broadcast radio tower in Henderson, Ky. April 27 used by public television KET and the Kentucky State Police as a retransmission point to ensure the rising waters have had no effect on the radio tower’s capabilities and internal hardware. Photo by Army Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

Soldiers are also providing support to local law enforcement in Henderson County and are expected to stand up a law enforcement support mission in Fulton County tomorrow.

More updates will be posted as the situation changes.

Army Sgt. Ernest D. Modlin a 37 year-old heavy equipment operator with the 130th Engineer Support Company from Madisonville, Ky. directs and coordinates the loading of sandbag packing machinery onto a flatbed trailer on April 27 to be transported for use in preventing further water damage from recent flash floods. Photo by Army Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

Soldiers from the 130th Engineer Support Company and 206th Engineer Battalion in Owensboro, Ky. move sandbag packing equipment on to a lift to be transported for use around the area where recent rain storms have caused massive flooding. The Soldiers will use the sandbags to prevent damage to radio structures used by the Kentucky State Police. Photo by Army Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Air conditioners vital to the cooling system of a broadcast radio tower in Henderson, Ky. April 27 used by public television KET and the Kentucky State Police are carefully monitored by members of the 206th Engineer Battalion stationed in Owensboro, Ky. The engineers placed sand bags all around the station in an attempt to keep rising flood waters from shorting out the ventilation units and thus causing a shutdown of the radio tower. Photo by Army Spc. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

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