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, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.