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HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (3/4/18) — Volunteer firemen and women in Henderson County along with many other emergency agencies have been rescuing people from flooded homes over the past several days.

Several volunteer firefighters from the Reed and Spottsville area said they have suffered damage to their own homes and have been assisting and rescuing others. One volunteer said they pushed their own piercing losses to the back of their mind — turning to meet the needs of strangers.

Disaster workers included Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer firefighters, rescue squad divers and emergency management aid specialists, state police troopers, EMS responders. Henderson City Fire Department responded to assist on one call. They have all witnessed the battle of the floodwaters and volunteers that cannot stay away.

County officials said a request for “security” assistance from the National Guard was denied in Henderson County. This kind of request could have freed up local authorities to better assist emergency responder efforts and responses.

“The reason for the denial was because of the way the request was made,” Henderson County EMA Director, Larry Koerber said.

Koerber felt that past flood experience and expertise in volunteer firefighters and emergency responders in Henderson County could handle the responding and rescue aspect of the flooding.

Officials said this is the first event that local officials were denied help from the National Guard, which felt the request was more of a law enforcement role than rescue efforts.

“We could resubmit a request, but at this point, it'd be too late.” Koerber added.

Spottsville Fire Chief Nick Risley said rescue crews have worked around the clock.

“The emergency responders are all exhausted, but continue to push on,” Risley said. “As of Friday night, we have responded to 31 calls and performed evacuation and welfare checks on 62 people, and this flood event isn’t even over yet.”

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