Telling the story: Kentucky National Guard photographers cover the flood relief mission

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Jerry Rains, Regional Response Manager for Kentucky Emergency Management, talks with members of the Kentucky National Guard about the flooding situation in the Grand Rivers area on May 5, 2011. KYEM personnel and Guardsmen are currently deployed to multiple locations across Western Kentucky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Flora, Kentucky Air National Guard)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2011) — Here are some photos and video shot by Kentucky National Guard photographers of the flood relief effort in Western Kentucky.

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Staff Sgt. Jedadiah Cossel and McCracken County Emergency Management member, John Colson, assess the current water level on a McCracken County highway that serves as a major artery for the county. (Photo by Sgt. Chad Massingale, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery)

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Kentucky National Guard Soldiers in humvees assist Kentucky Emergency Management officials in flood damage assessment surveys in McCracken County. (Photo by Pfc. Justin Lindsey, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery)

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On May 5, 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers detonated a levee located on the Mississippi River near Hickman, Ky. to relieve stress that was causing additional flooding to surrounding communities. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative.)

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Spc. John Wilson with A Battery, 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery, carefully plots road blockages in Livingston Co.(Grand Rivers) Ky. while helping support flood relief efforts with Kentucky Division of Emergency Management in the mobile emergency response center. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative.)

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Pfc. Jacob Manning, 1123rd Sapper Company, Kentucky National Guard out of Leitchfield, Ky, stops traffic at an entry control point leading into the city of Smithland, Ky. on May 5, 2011. The entry control points help protect the community from looting and unauthorized entry from non-residents. Guardsmen are currently deployed to six counties locations across Western Kentucky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Flora, Kentucky Air National Guard)

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Pvt. Dustin Girten and Pfc. Chad Frank of the 1123rd Sapper Company patrol by foot along the levee in Smithland, Kentucky on May 5, 2011. Guardsmen are currently deployed to multiple locations across Western Kentucky, including Hickman and Smithland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Flora, Kentucky Air National Guard)

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