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Guardsmen airlift food and water to flood victims in Cheatham County

Guardsmen airlift food and water to flood victims in Cheatham County
Flood victims in Cheatham County received some relief on Wednesday afternoon as National Guard soldiers from D Troop, 1-230 Air Cavalry Squadron, airlifted food and water to citizens stranded in their homes due to the record flooding and rains.
The Smyrna-based unit was alerted and a UH-60 Blackhawk dispatched with MREs (“Meals Ready To Eat”) to the Ashland City Fire Department. The air crew, along with volunteers and Ashland City Assistant Fire Chief Brian Biggs, loaded two truckloads of water onto the aircraft and then flew it to people in need throughout Cheatham County.
The Blackhawk landed in fields, front yards and even the driveway leading to the Christian Care Center of Cheatham County. These areas have been cut off due to the severe flooding and can only be reached by boat or helicopter.
Following the first load, the crew loaded two more truckloads of water onto the aircraft and continued flying into flood-locked areas and delivering water throughout the county.
“It’s my first mission since being back from Iraq this past year,” said Sgt. Caleb Bucy, Blackhawk crew chief. “I’m proud to get out and help Tennesseans any way I can.”
Since Sunday, the Tennessee National Guard has conducted rescue and support operations throughout the Middle Tennessee area.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.10

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