Kentucky Guard Provides Flood Relief
Photos and story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe/1-623rd Unit Public Affairs Representative
CANMER, Ky.– Members of the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery were deployed to help with flood relief efforts at a water treatment plant in Canmer, Ky., May 3.
The water treatment plant is under the control of the Green River Valley water district. The treatment facility provides for 27,000 citizens in four counties. Helping with the relief efforts were more than 50 Kentucky Guardsmen, 24 inmates from the Hart County jail as well as representatives from five volunteer fire departments. David Page, District General Manager for Green River Valley water district, John Rutledge, plant superintendent, and Kerry McDaniels, local state emergency management representative, worked with the Corp. of Engineers and volunteers to coordinate getting sand, dump trucks, backhoes and other assets together to accomplish the mission to save the treated water for the citizens of the four counties possibly effected.
The state continues to assess the damage caused from last weekend’s storms around the Commonwealth. It will be unclear of the total damage for several more days but the Kentucky National Guard continues to provide support and stands ready to deploy to any area needing assistance.