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  • August

    District employee earns Civil Responder of the Year

    When Jessica Fischer started her career at the Army Corps of Engineers 11 years ago, she didn’t plan on becoming an emergency manager. She was set on a quiet career as a Project Engineer at the New York District. Then 2011 happened.
  • April

    Debris team wrapping up FEMA technical support mission in Middle Tennessee

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2020) – The Corps of Engineers’ team supporting clean-up efforts in Middle Tennessee in the wake of deadly tornadoes that devastated the region in early March is wrapping up its FEMA technical support mission where contractors have removed an estimated 450,000 cubic yards of debris, enough to fill 137 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • Corps inspects facilities across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota for potential community alternate care sites

    ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is performing site inspections across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to support a nationwide FEMA mission assignment to convert existing large spaces into community alternate care sites to augment COVID-19 response efforts.
  • March

    Norfolk District teams to evaluate facilities for use as alternate-care-sites in Virginia

    The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has assembled field assessment teams tasked with evaluating existing facilities for the possible conversion into alternate-care-sites in Virginia.
  • January

    USACE commanding general views emergency response to Santa Barbara mudslides

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general was in California Jan. 18 to visit the site of a deadly mudslide. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite toured areas of Santa Barbara hit hard by the disaster that left 18 people dead and three missing.
  • Alaska District employee remains dedicated to hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico

    Over the past four months, Jim DeGraff spent just two weeks at home in Alaska. The rest of the time, he was in disaster areas, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to help the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • USACE supports marine debris removal in Puerto Rico (video)

    In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is executing a marine debris mission at the Puerto Del Rey marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This is the second marine debris mission to take place in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, with the first taking place before Christmas to remove the wrecks which were a threat to both the environment and navigation.
  • USACE works to clear hurricane debris on island of Vieques

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris management operation is now underway on Vieques, an island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Contract crews are working to clear debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
  • USACE beginning repairs on critical facilities in Puerto Rico (video)

    The Critical Public Facilities mission, or CPF, is one of four efforts undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico. Recently, the mission has transitioned from assessing damage on critical facilities around the island to awarding contracts to conduct repairs on more than 80 buildings in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.
  • USACE Quality Assurance checks help keep temporary emergency generators running strong in Puerto Rico

    Shelby Deal leans over a generator hooked up to a water pump station on the side of a twisting mountain road in central Puerto Rico. He notes the generator’s barcode and transponder number, inspects its oil and fuel filters, checks the fuel gauge, and records the number of hours the generator has operated. Finally, he assesses the surrounding area to make sure the grounding wire is properly flagged, the generator is level and no wires present a tripping hazard.
  • USACE Blue Roof mission progresses across Puerto Rico as installation rate increases

    With the new year fast approaching, Quality Assurance specialist Andrew Lorenz was busy visiting Operation Blue Roof installation sites in neighborhoods across Mayagüez, a city of 80,000 people on Puerto Rico's west coast. Here and across Puerto Rico, the effort to provide residents with the temporary blue roofs has gained steam, with nearly 4,000 installations occurring island-wide each of the past two weeks.
  • December

    USACE personnel come to the aid of injured Puerto Rican

    “Then I heard a faint call for help,” said Richard Cusimano, who spends his days here as a quality assurance inspector in at the Canovanas, Fajardo, Loiza, Rio Grande and Luquillo debris collection sites. “Then the calls got more assertive.”
  • South Pacific Division responds to hurricanes, wildfires

    South Pacific Division's area of operations covers 10 states from California to Texas to the Rockies. When disaster strikes, SPD personnel stand ready to deploy when needed.
  • USACE Installs Micro Grid to Bring Power to Homes Near Patillas (video)

    Power is coming to the residents of Patillas, Puerto Rico. Through the innovation of a micro grid, residences and businesses will have power 24 hours a day for the first time since hurricane Maria devastated the power grid here.
  • Guajataca Dam update on repairs (video)

    More than two-and-a-half months ago, damage to the Guajataca Dam near Isabella, Puerto Rico, threatened the life, property and water supply for thousands of residents downstream Rio Guajataca. Due to heavy rainfall during hurricane Maria, Guajataca Lake surged full and overwhelmed the spillway, requiring a joint effort to conduct emergency repairs.
  • USACE undergoes a first by installing micro grid in Culebra (video)

    On the island of Culebra, due east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ temporary emergency power team is tapping into a new way to bring electricity to the people.
  • November

    Milestone reached - 700 generators installed by the RFO's temporary power team (video)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working out of the Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico reached an unmatched milestone during the holiday weekend when it installed its seven-hundredth temporary generator on the island in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • USACE debris mission in Puerto Rico grinding away (video)

    Throughout the island of Puerto Rico, a massive operation to remove more than three million cubic yards of debris churns on. Just outside of Ponce, the Recovery Field Office has established a bustling collection site in the El Tuque Quarry to collect vegetation, or veg, debris.
  • USACE Wraps Up School Assessments in Puerto Rico (video)

    In the mountains of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting one of its last building assessments on critical infrastructure on the island. For more than five weeks, teams have worked tirelessly to document damage done by hurricanes Irma and Maria to more than one-thousand buildings, whether in urban centers or remote mountain villages.
  • September

    South Atlantic Division's Commander Visits FEMA in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

    ATLANTA, GA- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southern Atlantic Division’s Commander(USACE SAD) Brigadier General Diana Holland, on September 7 visited FEMA’s Region 4 Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Atlanta, GA where Joint agencies track the storm as well as plan for Hurricane Irma’s impact on the region.
  • March

    Picking up after Hurricane Sandy

    WASHINGTON-- The Army Corps of Engineers is still involved in relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Oct. 29. The Corps' latest efforts are being fueled with $5.35 billion from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law Jan. 29.
  • December

    Next phase of debris removal in NYC begins for Army Corps

    QUEENS, N.Y. -- On the morning of Hurricane Sandy, Martha Militano, a Rockaways resident, packed an overnight bag and left for Brooklyn to stay the night with her son. The next day, after the storm had passed, she went back to her home on Beach 130th Street, where she had lived for the past 16 years and discovered everything was gone.
  • November

    Corps of Engineers restores power to Rockaways public housing

    BROOKLYN, New York – As the sun set at the Redfern Housing Complex in Far Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 6, cheers erupted from the windows. Residents in the complex had been without power since Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast a week prior. But because of a joint effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, other branch components and federal and state partners working through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, power is continuing to be restored in Rockaway and other hard-hit areas throughout New York and New Jersey.
  • USACE part of team working to put Passaic Valley treatment plant back in service

    BROOKLYN, New York – Under a Federal Emergency Management Administration mission assignment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Passaic Valley Sewer Commission and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to return the Passaic Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant to service. This critical facility, located near the Newark airport, serves 1.3 million households.
  • USACE works with federal, state and local teams to repair Hoboken Ferry Terminal

    BROOKLYN, New York -- In support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in partnership with the U.S. Navy and other federal, state and local agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is actively working to repair and return power to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal.