Coast Guard assists Army Core of Engineers with flood mitigation

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with flood mitigation today, and the cutter Neah Bay is scheduled to assist, Wednesday, with flood mitigation on Ohio’s Grand River.

Hollyhock and Neah 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.

Hollyhock assessed the ice formation at the mouth of the Grand River, today, and provided logistics to USACE.  Neah Bay is scheduled to get underway this evening and provide support at first-light on Wednesday. The goal of this flood-preventative measure to get ice out of the river and into Lake Erie.

The Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., assisted the USACE, Sunday, with flood mitigation along Michigan’s Grand River.

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.

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