The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to the National Weather Service forecast of potentially major flooding along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers and their tributaries.
Upon request, the Corps is providing communities with flood-fighting supplies and technical support. Those efforts include deploying specially trained Flood Area Engineers to provide technical assistance to local emergency managers and providing flood fighting equipment and supplies, such as HESCO barriers, sandbags, pumps and plastic sheeting.
The Rock Island District has about 60 specially trained flood area engineers, five million sandbags, 125 pumps and miles of sheeting. Currently, 188,000 sandbags, 13 pumps, 28 rolls of sheeting and 900 feet of HESCO Bastion flood-fight barriers have been dispatched with 29 flood area engineers providing fighting support.
The District also has opened an alternate Emergency Operations Center in the Quincy area.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.