Kentucky Guardsmen continue flood relief efforts throughout the Commonwealth

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2113th Transportation Company flood relief mission

Kentucky Guardsmen Pfc. David Barrow, Spc. Tommy Wyatt and Pvt. Cedric Bransford, 2113th Transportation Company, assist local residents in flood relief mission in Oscar, Ky., April 27. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, is the point of contact for this message. He can be reached at 502-385-8008.

FRANKFORT, Ky (April 28, 2011) – The Kentucky National Guard currently has approximately 125 Guardsmen and 24 tactical vehicles providing civic support to Western Kentucky in response to the flooding along the Ohio River.  These Soldiers are conducting water barrier and sandbagging operations in Ballard, Ohio, Livingston and Daviess Counties as well as law enforcement support in Henderson and Fulton Counties.

Current Operations are as follows:

2113th Transportation Company flood relief mission

Kentucky Guardsman Spc. Tia Brooks, 2113th Transportation Company, tosses sandbags sandbags from flat bed semi truck for flood relief mission in Oscar, Ky., April 27. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

1. Ongoing Missions–All ground missions are being manned by elements of the 75th Troop Command.  They currently have Soldiers deployed in Ballard, Livingston and Daviess Counties as follows:

a. Ballard County–Twenty-four Soldiers and four humvees from 2113th Transportation Company continue performing sand bagging operations to protect home sites, conducting around the clock operations in three 8-hour shifts.

b. Livingston County–Twenty-four Soldiers and four humvees from 2113th TC continue assisting in the construction of water barriers to protect the city of Smithland, conducting around the clock operations in three 8-hour shifts.

c. Daviess County– Thirty Soldiers and five humvees from the 206th Engineer Battalion and a sandbagging machine  from the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center conducted sand bagging operations to protect a KEWS facility.  This mission has been completed.

2. New Missions:

a. Ohio County: Twenty-four Soldiers and four humvees from 75th Troop Command are in Hartford, Kentucky, to conduct sand bagging operations to protect a Kentucky Utility Substation. They will conduct around the clock operations in three 8-hour shifts.

2113th Transportation Company flood relief mission in Western Kentucky

Kentucky Guardsmen Sgt. James Scott, 2113th Transportation Company, dump sand in Hesco barriers at the bank of the Ohio River in Smithland, Ky., April 27. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

b. Henderson County: Fifteen Soldiers and six humvees from 75th Troop Command are in Henderson, Kentucky to conduct presence patrols in support of local law enforcement.  They will conduct operations 1800-0600 daily in support of the Henderson County Sheriff.  These unarmed presence patrols are equipped with Sheriff Dept radios.  Their mission is to deter looting by their presence and to report any activity to Henderson County Law Enforcement agencies, who will then respond.

Next 24 hours:

a. Operations in Ballard, Henderson, and Livingston Counties are expected to continue at current levels for at least the next 72 hours.  The sand-bagging mission in Ohio County should be complete within 48 hours.

b. The Kentucky Guard has been tasked to support to local law enforcement in Fulton County to assist in controlling access to flooded roadways leading to the levee system.

c. The Commonwealth Emergency Operation Center is staffed at Level 3 0600-2400.  The KYNG Joint Operations Center (JOC) is staffed at Level 2, with augmented staffing and extended hours based on mission requirements.

The EOC provides overnight phone coverage and response.

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2113th Transportation Company flood relief mission

Kentucky Guardsmen of the 2113th Transportation Company provide flood relief support to residents of Oscar, Ky., April 27. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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