Corps responds to Hurricane Isaac
(Sept. 6, 2012) On August 29, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rock Island District sent a team of volunteers to support the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division's response to Hurricane Isaac.
The Mississippi Valley Division is supporting Louisiana and Mississippi and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Regions IV and VI response efforts to Hurricane Isaac. The Corps received mission assignments from FEMA and deployed Emergency Power Teams to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Commodities, debris and temporary roofing teams were deployed to Louisiana.
The Rock Island District deployed a management cell of commodity team experts and quality assurance representatives to support distribution of commodities to hurricane-impacted areas. Additional volunteers will deploy as needed. The District also provided unwatering engineering technical assistance and pumps to the New Orleans area.
Other Corps response teams, such as commodities, debris, temporary roofing and temporary housing, were placed on alert status to support Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The Corps also deployed Emergency Command and Control Vehicles to Alabama and Mississippi to assist with onsite communications.
The Corps' new Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System around greater New Orleans performed as designed and helped reduce flood risk from Hurricane Isaac as the New Orleans District operated surge barriers and closure structures.
Corps District offices that conduct the programs and activities overseen by the Mississippi Valley Division are located in St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill.; St. Louis; Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and New Orleans.