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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.