Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
State Responds to Weekend Flooding

Press Release Date:  Sunday, September 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Across the Commonwealth, Kentuckians unite to deal with the weekend’s weather

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State and local officials have joined with citizens across Kentucky this weekend to deal with flooding problems impacting the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management mobilized emergency units to assist communities with flood-related problems. Local responders across the state have played an enormous role in assisting Kentuckians in need. And many stories have been told about the kindness shown by Kentucky citizens providing help in their communities.

“In times of crisis, Kentuckians unequivocally show a helping spirit and their unifying commitment to help those in need,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “I commend our local officials and first responders across the Commonwealth for pulling together in this emergency. Their teamwork, combined with the response from our Kentucky National Guard and Division of Emergency Management, has been tremendous.

“Glenna and I also want to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives in Kentucky storms this weekend,” said Governor Fletcher. “Tragedies like these remind us that life is precious and fragile. We will continue to remember these families and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Kentucky National Guard and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management have been monitoring weather situations across Kentucky since storms began late Friday.

The Kentucky National Guard staffed armories across the state to provide assistance to those in need and backup for local responders. Guardsmen in Fleming County were responsible for locating a missing 84-year-old with Alzheimer’s, getting him safely to a local hospital for treatment.

The Kentucky Department of Emergency Management sent crews across the state to help where needed. Crews with rubber boats and water rescue support were dispatched to Louisville Saturday to assist local officials with rescues.

Officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have spent the weekend monitoring road conditions across the state, alerting media of any road closures, assisting with state road cleanup where needed and posting notifications of road conditions on their traffic Web site – 511.ky.gov – and voice recorded messages for those calling 511 for road information.

The Kentucky Department of Emergency Management will continue monitoring conditions and responding to requests for assistance throughout the evening. The Kentucky National Guard has been taken off alert and returned to normal duties.

###