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Posted 6/4/2015

Release no. 15-023


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Robert Kidd
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has flown three reservoir operations specialists to assist the Corp’s Southwestern Division with their round-the-clock response to recent flooding in Texas.

The three personnel will provide additional expertise in reservoir and dam operations and inspections, said Randy Olsen, Sacramento District chief of operations.

Torrential rains throughout the state of Texas in May provided the state its wettest month on record, according to climatologists, causing extreme flooding that has led to at least 30 deaths, hundreds of homes swept away and concern over local infrastructure.

Within Texas, USACE Southwestern Division has 58 flood control and/or multi-purpose projects operated and managed by its Fort Worth District. Its reservoirs have prevented more than $60 billion in flood damages in Texas since their construction, and cover 10 river basins, from the Rio Grande River in the Southwest to the Red River in the Northeast.

The Army Corps of Engineers stands ready to serve, with our cadre of trained, professional engineers and emergency response officials.

“When disasters occur, Corps teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist local Corps districts and offices in their response missions,” said Olsen. “We’re glad to send help to Texas.”

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