Originally Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 7:14 pm
Last Updated: April 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
US Army Corps of Engineers providing flood-fighting support
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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.