National Guard Called to Clear Kentucky Roads

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Officials with the Department of Highways say the load was too big to handle on their own, and that is when they called on The National Guard for help.

This group of soldiers left Jackson to help clear roads in Magoffin and Morgan Counties, where many roads are still covered with trees and branches snapped off during the ice storm.

Sergeant Scott Feltner says, "Just trying to help the communities out so they can get in and out. A lot of communities are blocked in because of all the trees that have fallen."

Sgt. Feltner says there is more damage in the northern part of the region and that is where they are focusing their help. He says The National Guard is always ready to pitch in. "Not only do we do things in other countries, The National Guard, we like to do things here in the community also."

The Department of Highways is also working around the clock to clear roads and cut down trees. The last time The National Guard was called in for this kind of help was after the ice storm of 2003. Sergeant Feltner says they will be out helping highway officials as long as they need the assistance.

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  • by mandi Location: ashland on Feb 4, 2009 at 03:05 AM
    *update* my feonce's unit is still out working, he told me today that his team alone hit 100 houses today alone, and he sd that at the armory there they have about 10 teams all together, plus more guardsmen on the way to help. he's still not sure when he'll get to come home, which is a little depressing, but i'm proud nonetheless, i know he's doing a good thing, and i know he is greatly needed and appreciated for it. i'm 100% supportive of the work our men are doing to save people's lives. keep it up, and stay warm guys!
  • by Mom Location: Cadiz, kY on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    I'm so proud of the 3000 guard who are working hard to help others affected by this horrific ice storm. My son is one of those guardsmen working day and night to help others. I am extremely proud of them and the ones overseas who are protecting all us!
  • by mandi Location: Ashland on Feb 1, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    *update* my feonce's unit is on it's way to Cynthiana to do a door to door search and rescue for the people out of power trapped in their homes. they will be helping to get people warmth and food and making sure everyone's ok. keep it up soldiers! we're proud of you!!
  • by mandi Location: Ashland on Jan 31, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    my feonce is in the National Guard, and he luckily wasn't sent overseas since he opted for college first, but he was sent out today to go to either Hazard or another town that has a lot of fallen trees. a lot of people here are without power and heat, my mom might have to stay with me because its so cold at her house. i hate that he had to go, but i know his work wull be appreciated by people like my mom that would otherwise go without power. hang in there guys, your a big help!!
  • by Scott Location: Hazard on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    We found out today that on the first night the 8 man crew from the Hazard unit, cut 186 trees that were torn down from the weight of the ice, on the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County. Last night the 4 man crew that was in Magoffin county cleared 15 to 20 miles of highway near West Liberty. It was pretty impressive ,knowing that these eight guardsman were notified around seven o'clock on Tuesday evening ,some of the soldier's drove through the ice from other area's including Lexington that was hit hard as well, and were on the Mountain Parkway working by 11:30 p.m. that night. They worked through the night till after 7 a.m. the following morning . Eastern Kentucky should be very proud of the people who represent our region.
  • by Kellie on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Yes, what national guard? they're all in Iraq.thanks Bush
  • by Terri on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Bush and the republican backed wars have left us with very little National Guard support or personnel, it's like a old song Bush just keeps on hurting this nation long after he's gone.
  • by Spc. Zimmerman Location: Currently Afghanistan on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:58 PM
    I am currently deployed to Afghanistan with Charlie Co. 206th EN BN out of Prestonsburg. Most of my fellow soldiers as well as myself have family that are affected by this weather. Some more than others. Unfortunately we are currently here because all of us wish that we could be able to help the many families that are without power and heat. I know that where I live alone all are without power and heat and are unable to go somewhere to get these things because of fallen trees, power lines and fallen transformes. My wife's parents, sisters, neices and nephews are trapped because of power lines laying on their vehicles and their house. I want to thank the soldiers that are out helping those families in need. God Bless and my the Lord protect all that are in need!


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