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Flooding, Landslides Hit Southeast Kentucky
Kentucky Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) over the weekend in support of flooding conditions in southeastern counties. The SEOC is activated a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.

Harlan and Bell counties, along with the City of Pineville, have experienced flooding conditions. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Harlan Baptist Church, with 8 people in occupancy. Three other shelters in Harlan County are available and on standby if needed.

Meanwhile, Bell County Forestry Camp correctional officials have contacted state, city, and county agencies to offer assistance to local communities after torrential rainfall resulted in landslides across southeast Kentucky.

Several local agencies have already responded to the offer and are scheduling inmate work crews to assist with the cleanup.

"We are here to do what we can to get our community back on its feet," said Warden Keith Helton. "We're part of this community and when help is needed, we'll be there."

The minimum-security prison has a long-standing record of assisting the area after natural disasters. The prison also partners with the Division of Forestry to provide fire fighting crews.

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