Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard to provide additional relief to Louisville and state

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Guard

Louisville, Ky. -- Governor Steven L. Beshear has directed the Kentucky National Guard to provide additional support in the wake of high winds that damaged homes and shut down power to more than 400,000 citizens in Jefferson County and across the state.

Tomorrow morning 30 Soldiers from the Louisville-based 223rd Military Police Company will assist the Louisville Metro Police officers in directing traffic at intersections that traffic lights are inoperable. In addition, 64 Soldiers and 18 five-ton trucks from Glasgow-based 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery will provide debris removal in Louisville, along with transportation support to the Louisville Public Works Department.

Kentucky Army National troops have also provided power generator support to a medical facility in Lewisport (Hancock County), the Muhlenberg Co. water plant and the Women's Prison in Pee Wee Valley, Oldham County.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  There is minimal activity at the Louisville Armories this evening and no one will be available for interviews until tomorrow morning.