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The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has served the citizens of the Mid-South region since 1882. The annual mission of its employees is to minimize flood risk, keep America’s most vital inland navigation highway – the Mississippi River – open for navigation and to preserve our environment for future generations.

 

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The new special edition Army Corps of Engineers USA Today is now available. Click image to read.

 

Highlights

IN THE COLLAGE, photos of southwest Louisiana homeowner and blue roof recipient Brennon Williams and his home both before and after the blue roof installation. Williams’ home was one of 3,730 to receive a blue roof during Hurricane Laura recovery efforts. (Courtesy photos)
IN THE PHOTO, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors install a generator at one of several facilities requesting temporary power after Hurricane Laura damaged their installation. The temporary power mission is one of the Corps' primary missions in supporting Louisiana's recovery from Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Lake Charles, Louisiana, installed reinforced plastic sheeting today, Sept. 5, for the first home to benefit from Operation Blue Roof since Hurricane Laura. The program, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, reduces further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This is a free service to homeowners. Parties affected by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to submit a Right-of-Entry application. To learn more about Operation Blue Roof and to apply, visit: https://www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof/ (USACE Photos by Jessica Haas)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Lake Charles, Louisiana, installed reinforced plastic sheeting today, Sept. 5, for the first home to benefit from Operation Blue Roof since Hurricane Laura. The program, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, reduces further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This is a free service to homeowners. Parties affected by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to submit a Right-of-Entry application. To learn more about Operation Blue Roof and to apply, visit: https://www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof/ (USACE Photos by Jessica Haas)
Members of our Emergency Power Planning and Response Team pose for a quick picture before getting to work. The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deployed an Emergency Power Planning and Response Team (PRT) to support FEMA's Hurricane Laura relief efforts, Aug 26.
IN THE PHOTO, Dredge Hurley Ship Keeper Curtis Williams poses in the kitchen area with a fellow coworker. Williams is celebrating a little over 30 years of service with the Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
IN THE PHOTO, an aerial photo of a ditch representative of ditches 1 and 251. Contracts were recently awarded to authorize contractors to go in and return a total of 89 miles worth of drainage channels to their authorized levels of flood protection.
IN THE COLLAGE, Wynne Area Office Area Engineer Loy Hamilton recently celebrated 35 years of federal service. Above are a few photos of Hamilton while both deployed and here in the Memphis District.
IN THE PHOTO, a levee is being resurfaced.
IN THE PHOTO, Project Delivery Team members meet out at the Old Town Seepage Remediation project site in Arkansas.
IN THE PHOTO, is a sample of the erosion the project will address.
IN THE PHOTO, Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller recently visited Island 68, a project site in Arkansas, where he met with the district’s hardworking Bank Grading Unit and reviewed progress made at the site thus far. Our Memphis District uses a vintage 1949 barge mounted Bucyrus-Erie dragline with a 183 foot boom and a 15 cubic yard bucket to complete grading operations. Additional earthmoving capacity is provided by a compliment of bulldozers . (USACE Photo/Jessica Haas)
IN THE PHOTO, the Memphis District Dive Team performs a survey in Iron Mines Creek in Marked Tree, Ark. as part of an environmental impact assessment for a creek cleanout project.
IN THE PHOTO, the St. Johns Levee and Drainage District Setback Levee slide scheduled to be repaired.
IN THE PHOTOS, the PAS team meets with MRPP representatives on June 18 at MLK Riverside Park to discuss the scope of work for a Master Plan Study to improve the park.
IN THE PHOTO, USACE Vicksburg District's Mat Sinking Unit performing revetment work at Mississippi River mile marker 632 near Fair Landing, Arkansas, 30 miles south of Helena, Arkansas.

News

Corps, Samaritan's Purse go above and beyond for Laura survivor
9/24/2020
"The day I met Mr. Williams, I was looking for his house and drove past it because I didn't see it; all I saw were trees," Roofing Quality Assurance Specialist George Hayes recalled. "Honestly, I...
PDT awards drainage channel cleanout contract
9/23/2020
Congratulations to the Iron Mines Creek Channel Cleanout Project Delivery Team (PDT). The PDT recently reached its contract award milestone, awarding the contract to small business contractor...
Corps Power PRTs onsite in Louisiana
9/16/2020
Living in the 21st century, most Americans have electricity on demand. When it isn’t working, it usually doesn’t take longer than a day to get it turned back on. But what happens when a storm like...
Corps of Engineers fully engaged in LA Hurricane recovery efforts
9/7/2020
When Hurricane Laura struck Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) response and recovery teams were already in place to execute the critical...
First temporary ‘Blue Roof’ a success
9/6/2020
“The governor happened to have a news conference and my wife said, well what about the blue roofs?” Duhon said. “She gave me the information and I got online and registered and here we are today.”The...

Announcements

Mississippi River mainline levees Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement virtual public meetings scheduled
9/22/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) scheduled two virtual public meetings for its Draft Supplement II (Draft SEIS II) to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Mississippi River...
DHA Job Announcement: Civil Engineer, GS-0810-07/09/11/12
9/16/2020
Opening and Closing Dates: 09/16/20 – 09/18/20...
Operation Blue Roof sign-up for Hurricane Laura extended
9/15/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the deadline to apply for Operation Blue Roof to Sept. 30, 2020. The original application deadline was set to expire Sept. 21. Residents can sign up for...
Blue Roof Program sign-up station opening in Lake Charles
9/4/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened a Blue Roof Sign-Up Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, N Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m...
USACE releases Mississippi River mainline levees Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
8/28/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its Draft Supplement II (Draft SEIS II) to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project,...

Photos

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Lake Charles, Louisiana, installed reinforced plastic sheeting today, Sept. 5,  for the first home to benefit from Operation Blue Roof since Hurricane Laura. The program, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, reduces further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This is a free service to homeowners. Parties affected by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to submit a Right-of-Entry application. To learn more about Operation Blue Roof and to apply, visit: https://www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof/  (USACE Photos by Jessica Haas)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Lake Charles, Louisiana, installed reinforced plastic sheeting today, Sept. 5,  for the first home to benefit from Operation Blue Roof since Hurricane Laura. The program, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, reduces further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This is a free service to homeowners. Parties affected by Hurricane Laura are encouraged to submit a Right-of-Entry application. To learn more about Operation Blue Roof and to apply, visit: https://www.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof/  (USACE Photos by Jessica Haas)
(IN THE PHOTO) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) plays a key role in the response and recovery efforts to communities affected by Hurricanes. Part of that assistance includes providing temporary roofing. Pictured here is the Operation Blue Roof in-person Right-of-Entry sign-up station at the Lake Charles Civic Center. It is located alongside Veterans Memorial Blvd/N. Lakeshore Dr. (USACE photo by Jessica Haas)
IN THE PHOTO, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors works on installing a temporary 'blue roof' for a homeowner who applied for the free assistance program. The purpose of the Blue Roof Program is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made. The deadline to sign up for this free assistance is Sept. 30, 2020. (USACE photo by Lt. Col. Nathan Molica)
IN THE PHOTO, is a sample of the erosion the project will address.
IN THE PHOTO, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors install a generator at one of several facilities requesting temporary power after Hurricane Laura damaged their installation. The temporary power mission is one of the Corps' primary missions in supporting Louisiana's recovery from Hurricane Laura. (Courtesy photo)
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IN THE PHOTOS, Dredge Hurley Ship Keeper Curtis Williams a.k.a. “Lil Wolf” as a child all the way up to his time working on the dredges Burgess and Hurley.
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