There is a CRISIS going in on Hardin County
HARDIN CO.---We are being told that the people of Hardin County have been advised that the water is going down, back into the Ohio River.
But that's not the case.
The water is rising, and the good people of Hardin, from one end to the other, are volunteering, non-stop, to fight the floodwaters. We're hearing that the Hardin County Ambulance personnel have been working 12-hour shifts to sandbag and keep the waters off the main highway, for the singular purpose that if the roads aren't dry and clear on the way into Rosiclare, there will be no way to transport anyone to the county's only medical facility, which is the hospital in Rosiclare.
However, they are losing. And sheriff's personnel and other police entities are apparently overworked getting people out of the danger zones of the rising waters. For whatever reason, there is no emergency management agency services there; there are no Department of Natural Resources patrols with boats. We hear that Sheriff Smokey Cullison, or at least someone in his department, is telling IEMA, when they call, that they're "not needed." That's perfectly within Smokey's purview to do; sheriffs can keep federal agencies OUT of their county if they so choose. But we are hearing that there are people stranded and cut off from even communicating with anyone who can rescue them. We are trying to confirm this with the sheriff's department, and when we learn what the official status is, we'll bring it. In the meantime, here is the scene in Hardin County today, in photos shot by various residents from the various towns, from Rosiclare to Elizabethtown to Cave-in-Rock.
Here is the link for the photos; if you are able to help in any way, please let the folks at this link know!
Above, 146 in Elizabethtown before the sandbagging effort began in earnest this morning.
Below, a little further toward the exit out of E-town:
Below is a shot of people in E-town apparently being escorted out of the flood zone by police/deputies:
Above, the floodwaters encroach up the street from the riverfront in E-town; in the background is the River Rose Inn, a bed & breakfast; on the opposite side of the street (likely from where the photo was taken) is the Rose Hotel, which is one of our Disclosure vendors....which we couldn't get to today.
Below is the gazebo outside the Rose Hotel, which ordinarily sits on a high bluff overlooking the river:
From the Rose Hotel's front step, here is the view of the Ohio River, ordinarily safely in the background. Notice the floating restaurant on the river:
Here is the view from outside E-town looking in, off 146:
Below are shots from Cave-in-Rock; folks who have been there and/or regularly take the ferry across the river to Kentucky know what this view ordinarily looks like:
Closer to the river:
Here is the Szydelko house, which happens to be on the front page of this new issue, on stands today:
Above, the back of the Opry House faces the river; the river is now at the back of the Opry House. The building sits on Main Street in Cave.
Below, an idea of how high the water is at an unnamed location in Hardin; we're waiting on identification, but we thought this was a cool shot to give you an idea of the enormity of the waters:
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