Portable buildings at Orangefield Elementary School in Orangefield, Texas are almost ready for the 2018 school year.
Heavy rains from Hurricane flooded the elementary school. The portable buildings will be used until school administrators are ready for students to return to their normal classrooms.
In November of 2017, FEMA funded $1.5 million for the project.
The Port Arthur Field Office of the Galveston District USACE provided oversight for the construction of the project. A total of eight 700 sq. ft. classrooms, a 600 sq. ft. office, temporary restrooms and a 3000 sq. ft. multipurpose High School building along with covered walkways were constructed.
HOUSTON – The Corps of Engineers announced today that Addicks and Barker reservoirs are empty for the first time since the rains associated with Hurricane Harvey began in late August.
The Addicks Reservoir emptied on Thursday, Oct. 12, while Barker Reservoir emptied on Friday, Oct. 13, according to Corps officials.
Normally dry, both reservoirs have been holding water since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. With the emptying of the reservoirs, the full storage capacity of Addicks and Barker reservoirs will again be available for future rainfall.
“Hurricane Harvey and the resulting rainfall was an extreme weather event that tested infrastructure throughout the region and has been characterized as one of the most extreme rain events in U.S. History,” said Col. Lars Zetterstrom, Galveston District commander. “Flood risk management and enhancing public safety are at the forefront of all we do.”
The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. Its main missions include navigation, ecosystem restoration, emergency management, flood risk management and regulatory oversight.
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