NASHVILLE, TN - More than 80 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping with recovery efforts in Humphreys County after heavy flooding over the weekend. Guardsmen assist state, county, and municipal emergency services with traffic control, security, supplies delivery, and cleanup operations.
Guardsmen from the 194th Engineer Brigade are utilizing bulldozers, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment to assist restore highways and clear debris.
“While we are conducting debris removal operations, we are also providing security and access control in affected areas,” said Maj. Kevin Carroll, the officer in charge of Task Force Engineer. His men are arranging water resupply missions with local law enforcement to ensure that members of the community and volunteers have access to safe drinking water.
More than 50 Guardsmen from the 194th, including engineers and military police, have been activated. Personnel from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, the 230th Sustainment Brigade in Chattanooga, the 118th Wing in Nashville, and the 134th Air Refueling Wing in Knoxville have also contributed to the relief operations. The Mobile Communications Center at Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville is still operational for establishing emergency communications.
Carroll is proud of his fellow Guardsmen. “These are our neighbors and this could’ve happened in our own communities, so that’s why we’re out here doing all we can to help,” He said.
Previously, President Joe Biden authorized a major disaster designation to Humphreys County. The declaration would offer financial assistance to affected people and households in the area. Individual Assistance is available through FEMA for those who have been affected.
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