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USACE Galveston District prepares for Tropical Storm Harvey

GALVESTON, Texas (August 23, 2017) – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District initiated emergency operations on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Tropical Storm Harvey.

The district’s crisis action team is fully manned and monitoring the current situation. The team is in constant communication with its area offices, weather forecasters, emergency management officials, first responders and project partners. Vessels used in support of current dredging and other construction projects are either currently anchored, or have a plan for anchorage if the situation worsens.

Also included in the emergency preparations are the distribution of gabion bastions, super sandbags and other flood fighting equipment to coastal project areas from Brownsville to Port Arthur. These items will be used to shore up vulnerable areas and assist in flood fighting efforts.

A gabion bastion is a collapsible wire mesh container and heavy duty fabric liner used as a temporary to semi-permanent measure to defend against storm surge. Similar bastions were successfully used in 2005 to reinforce levees around New Orleans during emergency operations between Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Addicks and Barker Dams, which provide flood risk reduction to the Houston area, are operating as designed.

“Although, preparations are being made all along the Texas coast, a critical area of concern is the floodwall which Jefferson County’s Drainage District #7, the local sponsor, is currently repairing near Taylor’s Bayou in Port Arthur, Texas,” said Galveston District commander, Col. Lars Zetterstrom.

According to Corps officials, super sandbags, are being placed along the railroad tracks to form a barrier. The sandbags will cover a 700-foot span, with over 575 bags currently in place. These bags will turn and tie into the Taylor Bayou flood wall.

The Port Arthur Hurricane Flood Protection Project (PAHFPP) is a federally constructed, locally maintained system active in the PL84-Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP).

The system consists of 34.4 miles of protected works which includes 27.8 miles of earthen levee, 6.6 miles of concrete and steel sheet pile floodwalls, drainage and closure structures, pump stations and a wave barrier. The system protects Port Arthur and vicinity to include cities of Groves, Lakeview, Pear Ride, Port Acres, Griffin Park, Port Neches and unincorporated areas of Jefferson County.

On Aug. 1, Drainage District #7 identified a 600-foot compromised section of the system’s floodwall, including 200 feet of failure, requiring repairs to return the system to its identified level of protection. Placement of 1700 Super sandbags on top of the filled scour hole began on Aug. 17.

Corps builds relationships during baseball game

Story and photos by Bryanna R. Poulin

Little Rock District, USACE Public Affairs Office

Summer is here and with more than 400 lakes and river projects throughout the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading provider in outdoor recreation and water related activities.

To kick off the start of summer June 8, members of the Little Rock District, USACE water safety team along with Bobber the Water Safety Dog headed to Dickey-Stephens park home to the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas Baseball League, sharing the importance of water safety to the public.

Russell Malahy, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands out toys during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket on Corps lakes.

“It is part of the Corps mission to promote and educate the public on the importance of water safety,” Jeremy E. Wells, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District USACE said.

To promote the event, Wells along with other park rangers parked the Corps Water Safety Trailer and stood by the entrance giving away toys, cups and beach balls all bearing the Corps logo to people attending the Thursday night game.

 

Children received Corps toys and coloring books at Dickey-Stephens park home to the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas Baseball League, during the Little Rock Districts, USACE water safety event.

 

“An event such as this offers a great opportunity to encourage water safety to a large group of people all at one time,” Wells explained. “It’s important to get the water safety message out to the public because it can help save lives if they know to wear a life jacket.”

Most water fatalities result in people not wearing their life jacket and the game was the perfect opportunity to remind the public to wear life jackets while on or near water.

“We are always promoting the importance of wearing a life jacket because life jackets save lives,” he said.

Since there are many ways to have an accident on the water, the Corps program also promotes other safety measures.

John Bridgeman and Lisa Owens both natural resource specialists with Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speak to children of all ages during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water and life jacket safety.

“Our program also strives to identify life threatening concerns associated with water based recreation and increase public awareness of safe practices through interaction with our park rangers and educational media,” Wells said.

In addition to sharing water safety messages the event also builds and foster relationships between the Corps and the public.

 

John Bridgeman a natural resource specialist with Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, gives toys away to children of all ages during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water and life jacket safety.

“This is a great opportunity to interact with the local community and share the importance of water safety but it also allows an opportunity to visit with individuals one-on-one, whether it’s answering questions, addressing customer concerns, sharing information regarding recreational opportunities on USACE lakes or informing the public of the many other USACE missions in their community,” Wells concluded. “Additionally, the interaction helps improve the Corps relationship because it gives members of the public a greater understanding of who we are and what we do each and every day to make a difference in their lives.”

Russell Malahy, natural resource specialist, Little Rock District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands out toys during Clunker Boat Night June 8, 2017. The event allowed the Corps to reach hundreds of people and share water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket on Corps lakes.