ASHDOWN, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District began larger releases from Millwood Lake after flood waters downstream receded. Millwood crested June 14 at 282.9 feet, a new pool of record elevation. The Corps will continue to increase releases from Millwood, as channel capacity allows, until the lake elevation is back down to elevation 259 feet, the top of its conservation pool.
Currently, 38,500 cubic feet per second of captured flood water is being released from Millwood Lake. This amount will change as the Red River conditions change in accordance with the Millwood Lake water control plan.
“We are coordinating closely with the Tulsa and Vicksburg districts to ensure that our releases don’t increase the risk of flooding downstream,” said Hydrologic Engineer Aaron Short. “Millwood Lake is doing its job of holding storm runoff until we can release it in a controlled manner once we have channel capacity downstream.”
Daily river information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.
HOUSTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District received the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter’s top honor, the 2015 Grand Excalibur Award, for its public service campaign to communicate its Dam Safety Program during the 30th Annual Excalibur Awards Gala in Houston June 18, 2015.
The public announcement of the district’s Dam Safety Program’s reclassification of the Addicks and Barker dams to “Extremely High Risk,” presented staff with the challenge of communicating the findings to inform 1.2 million residents in the nation’s fourth largest city of risks associated with living downstream of the dams, the $6.8 million short-term interim risk reduction measures in store and the $75-$100 million long-term construction plan to reinforce the nearly 70-year-old structures while maintaining the Corps’ reputation and relevancy as an organization that makes public safety a top priority.
“We are incredibly humbled to be honored by PRSA Houston for our aggressive communications efforts implemented throughout this campaign,” said Isidro Reyna, deputy chief of public affairs for the USACE Galveston District. “Staff worked diligently and proactively to keep Houstonians apprised of the status of the aging infrastructure, while facilitating a two-way dialogue with a diverse group of residents and key constituencies in the communities we serve.”
This is the second year in a row the district has received this prestigious recognition. In 2014, the USACE Galveston District earned the Grand Excalibur Award for its Community Relations Program, Communicating Corps responsibilities along the Texas coast: A comprehensive community relations program to increase understanding of the Corps’ mission of providing vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen the nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.
The Excalibur Awards are open to any communications department within the Greater Houston Area and honor outstanding public relations professionals, programs and tactics. Approximately 100 entries competed for bronze, silver and gold awards.
The Dam Safety Program was also recognized with a Silver Anvil Award and Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America in New York City earlier this month.