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Water From Pond Saves Homes From Wildfires

Facebook is flooded with scenes from the wildfires raging Gatlinburg. The Army National Guard has sent numerous helicopters in to the area to help with the blazes. When these helicopters go in to an area to put out fires, they look for any usable water sources they can find so they don’t have to go back and refill their tanks. For one team in Walland, Tennessee, that water came from a recently stocked pond on a family’s land.

The Chesney Family filled up their pond with water and fish a few weeks ago, just before Blackhawk helicopters rushed in to take thousands of gallons to use to fight the 14 wildfires raging the area, WBIR reports.

The Chesneys weren’t angry, though. They were excited to be able to help with the efforts.

“We ran a bunch of hoses from the house to the pond and turned them on full blast,” Larry Chesney told WBIR. “They’ve been running non-stop since Monday.  As long as they [the pilots] wanted to keep getting water here, we wanted to do anything we could to help.”

Army officials said that several homes were saved thanks to the Chesney’s pond.

About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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