By Preston L. Chasteen
Public Affairs, Tulsa District, USACE
Tulsa, Okla. – Col. Christopher A. Hussin, Commander, Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, received a capabilities briefing and orientation tour at the National Weather Service, Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center, Tulsa Oklahoma, on December 9.
The ABRFC provides technical support to the National Weather Service’s efforts to provide river and flood forecasts and warnings for protection of life and property and to provide basic hydrologic forecast information for the nation’s economic and environmental well-being.
The river forecast center works in partnership with Tulsa District hydraulic engineers during times of high water and flooding.
“I think we have an excellent working relationship with the forecast center,” stated Greg Estep, Tulsa District Chief of Hydraulic Engineering. “Our folks work very well together to insure we have a good exchange of information so both agencies can produce the most accurate product possible, as quickly as possible.”
The Tulsa District covers Oklahoma, portions of southern Kansas and north Texas and encompasses 33 lake projects as well as five locks & dams on the Oklahoma portion McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
According to the ABRFC, their area of responsibility includes the drainage area of the Arkansas River above Pine Bluff Arkansas and the drainage area of the Red River above Fulton Arkansas. This comprises over 208,000 square miles and includes portions of seven states.