Flood 2011: Around Gallatin County
GALLATIN CO.—Our correspondent traveled through Gallatin and shot a few photos today of the valiant efforts—and in at least one case, a sad failure—to keep the flood waters from inundating parts of Old Shawneetown, Junction and Equality.
Below, the awesome efforts of school kids at Gallatin County Schools in Junction. They have had sand bag duty since completing their ACT testing, and many have stepped up in order to fill and tie bags to protect homes and communities throughout the county:
Below is a shot of the numerous vehicles parked in Shawneetown as a staging location, from which personnel from the Department of Natural Resources, National Guard and Emergency Management services fan out to keep an eye on the flood as it encroaches upon the county:
Here is a view of the Ohio River as seen from the Shawneetown bridge, coming in from Kentucky. In the background is Old Shawneetown, from which a few people—but not all—have voluntarily evacuated:
This is the home of Wes and Tammy Jackson (many will remember Tammy as one of our GallCo correspondents from last year; she is a talented writer) in Equality. Their neighbors reported that the Jackson family opted to leave, and did not sandbag around their home; today, the flood waters overtook it:
Here is the Catholic church in Equality; there are tennis courts underwater in the foreground this photo, this located on West Locust Street:
And here are sandbagging operations stationed on West Locust just off Forest Road. Work camp prisoners have been brought in to handle these ops, and our correspondent reports that there have been two crews working ceaselessly:
Today, Governor Quinn called out 200 more National Guard troops to come to Gallatin and assist with the efforts, including patrolling the levees holding back the Ohio at Old Town.
However, there may be more to it than that.
Because we’re in production for the next print version, we’re really….swamped….trying to get stuff done. But, keep checking back over the weekend, as we have more material/photos to bring you…and maybe a glimpse inside what could be going on with the Guard as they ‘patrol’ the levees at Old Town.
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