Flooding Puts Army Corps of Engineers on Alert

by ekramer on August 4, 2009

The Louisville district of the US Army Corps of Engineers is keeping an eye on recent flooding. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Louisville district covers Indiana, Kentucky and parts of Ohio and Illinois. As of Tuesday afternoon, no states or communities had requested major assistance.

Spokesperson Ron Elliott says that the corps is ready should any community need help.

“We have two major flood teams that are just standing by,” Elliott says. “Our emergency operations is actively engaged and basically at the request of the state or the local government we would jump in to assist.”

On Tuesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers received a request for 1,000 sandbags from the Jefferson County Public School district.

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer Distinct would decide if the flooding warranted the corps to activate the local levee system.

Elliot says the flooding in the region hasn’t been too severe.

“Right now, there’s no major cause for concern for Indianapolis all the way down, but we put in the order for the emergency sandbags and our flood fighting teams are standing by should we need to be activated in assisting the local communities for that,” he says.

In the event of flooding, the US Corps of Engineers activates local levee systems at the request of local communities or states.

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Kitty McIlroy August 6, 2009 at 10:02 am

This has been called a once in 100 years storm, yet I don’t know if
there has ever been this much rain in this short of an amount of time
ever before. While climate change is not is not solely responsible for
any one storm what is obvious to me is we are experiencing what are
supposed to be very rare events all the time now. Not addressing
climate change effectively, by getting off coal and oil is getting
more expensive every day. We must start to cut our CO2 emissions asap.
To cut CO2 emissions we have an historic opportunity when President
Obama goes to Copenhagen this December to reach a new international
agreement to address climate change. We should encourage our
President to do everything he can to finally start seriously
addressing this growing problem. Scientists say we must cut our
emissions 25 to 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels to avoid the worst
possible effects of climate change.

Kitty McIlroy August 6, 2009 at 10:18 am

Not addressing climate change effectively, by getting off coal and oil is getting
more expensive every day. We must start to cut our CO2 emissions asap.
To cut CO2 emissions we have an historic opportunity when President
Obama goes to Copenhagen this December to reach a new international
agreement to address climate change. We should encourage our
President to do everything he can to finally start seriously
addressing this growing problem. Scientists say we must cut our
emissions 25 to 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels to avoid the worst
possible effects of climate change.

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