Arkansans Helping Arkansans: DeJuan Carter

Arkansans won’t soon forget the record setting Arkansas River Flood of 2019. The deluge of water that came from heavy repeated rains and full Oklahoma reservoirs sent flows higher than previous historic levels. During this time, numerous Corps employees were alongside fellow Arkansans helping in whatever ways they could. DeJuan Carter was one such employee.

DeJuan Carter-Chief of Engineering and Construction Division for the Little Rock District.

Carter is a native Arkansan. He grew up in Little Rock, went to David O’Dodd Elementary and graduated from J.A. Fair High school.

Carter has friends and family that were in danger of being impacted from this flooding event, with the water being mere inches away from their homes.He even had his children help with sandbagging efforts. He wanted to do whatever he could to help people feel better about what was going on. Carter is also a heavy user of the Arkasnas River Trail system. So he understands people’s frustrations and concerns about that area. He is present and a part of the community.

As the Chief of Engineering and Construction Division for the Little Rock District, Carter and his team played a large role in flood fighting efforts. Carter led the district’s technical response efforts. Meaning he supervised teams of engineers that modeled the inundation maps, executed the water control management plan, surveyed levees, forecasted, and provided technical assistance to affected communities such as those living around the Conway County Levee No. 6. 

Flooding at Toad Suck Lock House near Conway.
(Photo by Becca Nappi)

The maps were a big step in helping to alleviate some of the communities’ fears. Carter stated his team created the maps so people could be prepared. “We wanted to do everything we could to ensure that people were out of harm’s way as much as possible.”

2019 Inundation Map. The map was created using the best available data to simulate the areas that might have been affected by rising waters.
(Created by the Corps of Engineers Hydraulic and Hydrology Section)

With water receding, he said their focus has now shifted to the recovery stage.

“Now that the water has started going down, we are going to be doing assessments on any damages and working with local levee districts and communities to get the levees back up to shape, as well as getting the MKARNS back open for barge traffic because we know a lot of people need to get up and down the river.”

DeJuan Carter is an Arkansan and cares about the community just as much as you or me.

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