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, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."