Coast Guard to assist Army Corps of Engineers with flood mitigation in Ohio

Detroit – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, under direction of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, is scheduled to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with flood mitigation in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, March 11, 2010.

The Coast Guard is also monitoring ice conditions in the Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio regions and icebreaking operations may commence there beginning March 12, 2010.

Penobscot Bay’s efforts are an attempt to alleviate flooding in communities along the river caused by melting ice, recent rain and the ice jams that remain upriver. The goal of this flood-preventative measure is to get ice out of the river and into Lake Erie.

Flood and storm damage reduction is a mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Coast Guard provides support to USACE when requested and when a cutter is available. The 1917 Flood Control Act authorized USACE to have a significant federal role in flood control activities nationwide. Today, the USACE is responsible for all projects containing Federal flood control storage and is responsible for flood and storm damage reduction projects which are joint ventures between the Federal government and non-Federal sponsors.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions from Alpena, Michigan to Vermillion, Ohio on Lake Huron, the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, Lake St. Clair and Western Lake Erie.

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