Each year the Corps emergency response teams help communities deal with and recover from many different types of natural and manmade disasters. Recent examples are:
Midwest Floods of 2008
In June 2008, record-breaking storms resulted in flooding in a six-state region within the Midwest. High-water records were set at 47 gage stations along tributaries in the Upper and Middle Mississippi River Basin. Although some overtopped, the levees worked as intended, allowing local emergency management officials to safely evacuate residents and providing much needed time to reinforce and improve levees to protect lives and property.
After the floods, the Corps worked closely with state and local emergency managers to inspect, advise and assist communities, including:
- deploying experts to monitor and assess Mississippi River levees
- supplying more than 100 pumps, 3,000 rolls of plastic sheeting and 13 million sandbags for flood fighting
- carrying out FEMA-mandated missions for debris removal and commodity distribution
- establishing temporary housing and emergency power
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
Hurricane Gustav threatened portions of the Gulf Coast in August 2008, nearly three years to the day after Hurricane Katrina. The work the Corps has done to repair, restore and ensure a resilient Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System in the greater New Orleans area was put to the test. The system performed as designed.
Then in September 2008, Hurricane Ike followed close on the heels of Gustav, primarily impacting the Texas Gulf Coast communities of Galveston, Houston and surrounding counties. Nearly 900 Corps employees were engaged in hurricane emergency support missions that included:
- supplying temporary power for critical public facilities
- performing debris management and infrastructure assessments
- providing temporary roofing and temporary housing technical assistance
- procuring drinking water and ice
- providing technical assistance to establish commodity distribution points