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Posted 3/15/2011

Release no. 11-03-11


ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Emergency Management Team, is providing flood-fight training to Quad City area public works professionals at the Rock Island Public Works Building, Thursday, March 17 at 8 a.m.

Forecasts are predicting a high probability of major flooding on the Mississippi River to include the Quad City area.  The Rock Island District employs a team of flood area engineers who are on call, ready to assist communities in the event of a flood emergency.  Flood area engineers are trained annually and, in response to local government officials, the District is expanding its annual training to include area public works personnel who engage in flood fighting.

“This training will be very beneficial to anyone who attends,” said Rodney Delp, Chief of Emergency Management for the Rock Island District.  “It will assist public works professionals in recognizing and assessing potential problem areas and provide possible solutions to protect various flood protection systems.  Flood fighting is a community-wide, team effort and we at the Corps of Engineers are part of that team.  We welcome the opportunity to share best practices and expand our community’s flood-fighting knowledge.”

The Rock Island Public Works Building is located at 1309 Mill Street in Rock Island.  For more information about the training session, contact the Rock Island District Emergency Management team at (309) 794-5467.  To learn more about the District’s emergency response activities, visit us on the web @: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/EmergencyMgt/