Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversee rock removal operations

America's Heartland Coast Guard News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted rock removal operations on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., Tuesday.

Coast Guard incident command leadership and Col. Chris Hall, commander at St. Louis District U.S Army Corps of Engineers, toured the Coast Guard enhanced mobile incident command post and the rock removal site.

The primary function of the EMICP is to provide sheltered work space, voice and data connectivity as well as command and control capabilities on a mobile platform.

The Coast Guard and USACE are overseeing rock removal operations due to the low water situation on the Mississippi River.

“The U.S Army Corps of Engineers are working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure the channel is cleared out to expedite barge traffic as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Lt. Colin Fogarty, incident management division officer for Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.

Workers contracted by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers conduct rock removal operations on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Dec. 18, 2012. The Coast Guard and USACE are overseeing rock blasting operations due to the low water situation on the Mississippi River. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega.

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