Coast Guard, FEMA open Western Louisiana marine debris removal project command post

MANDEVILLE, La. – The U.S. Coast Guard Salvage, Wreck and Debris Removal Group and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a Western Louisiana command post in Lafayette, La., to support the ongoing salvage, wreck and debris removal operations in existence since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel will use the new command post while surveying and operating in western parishes of Louisiana.

“This command post is part of the Coast Guard’s continuing effort to assist residents in Western Louisiana impacted by the hurricanes of 2005 in the recovery of their navigable waterways,” said Robert Travis, contract manager.

The western command post, co-located with the Department of Natural Resources, will be staffed as needed until survey and removal operations are complete.

Louisiana’s Marine Debris Removal Project is a U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA inter-agency mission to clear Louisiana’s hurricane-affected waterways from marine debris hazards impeding safe commercial and recreational navigation.

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