A diver descends into the Mississippi River as part of the Rouse recovery mission. In 2008, the Rouse sank and was almost lost. On Sunday morning, July 20, a security guard noticed that one end of the Rouse’s deck was sinking and alerted District employees. Crew arrived to find the west wall completely submerged. Initially, the crew raised the sinking end, but the dock sank again. The sinking was caused by two leaking valves that allowed water to enter the dock. In October 2008, the Memphis District partnered with the Nashville District’s Dive Team in an effort to recover the Rouse. The dive team made repairs with the help of EEY technicians who fabricated special parts needed to raise the Rouse.