Emergency Archive

  • Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Unrelenting, continuous rains and snow-melt brought western rivers to near-flood or flood stages, including the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners have been managing the incoming water to reduce flood risks and providing support to local and state […]

    Weather, water wage war along Columbia River

    Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Unrelenting, continuous rains and snow-melt brought western rivers to near-flood or flood stages, including the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners have been managing the incoming water to reduce flood risks and providing support to local and state […]

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  •   Last September more than 300 firefighters battled the Butte Fire in central California’s Calaveras County while 250 fire fighters fought the Valley Fire in Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties in northern California. Both fires consumed almost 150,000 acres of mountainous terrain, neighborhoods and city blocks, killing ten people and […]

    Portland District supports clean up efforts after California Wildfires

      Last September more than 300 firefighters battled the Butte Fire in central California’s Calaveras County while 250 fire fighters fought the Valley Fire in Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties in northern California. Both fires consumed almost 150,000 acres of mountainous terrain, neighborhoods and city blocks, killing ten people and […]

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  • The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

    The flood of ’96: the challenges and the Corps response

    The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

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  • Urban Search and Rescue Program sets up Structures Specialists around the world By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office It takes specialized skills and a good dose of bravery to enter collapsed buildings. The Corps maintains a cadre of these modern heroes: 30 rescue-trained structural engineers who deploy around the world […]

    Corps’ rescue-trained engineers are ready to roll

    Urban Search and Rescue Program sets up Structures Specialists around the world By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office It takes specialized skills and a good dose of bravery to enter collapsed buildings. The Corps maintains a cadre of these modern heroes: 30 rescue-trained structural engineers who deploy around the world […]

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  •   By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The Pacific Northwest experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 26, 1700.  316 years later, scientists tell us the Pacific Northwest is due for another very large earthquake a – from the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific coast. Such a large earthquake […]

    Don’t freak out: Dams generally do well in earthquakes

      By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office The Pacific Northwest experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 26, 1700.  316 years later, scientists tell us the Pacific Northwest is due for another very large earthquake a – from the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific coast. Such a large earthquake […]

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  • Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

    Silver is the new black … and red, blue and green

    Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

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  • Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

    Flood Risks: Myths v.s. Facts

    Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

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  •   Seven Tips to Winterize Your Home Plan for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient alternate heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be sure wood stoves or space heaters are properly ventilated and observe fire safeguards. Extend the life of your heat supply by insulating […]

    Get ready for winter now

      Seven Tips to Winterize Your Home Plan for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient alternate heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be sure wood stoves or space heaters are properly ventilated and observe fire safeguards. Extend the life of your heat supply by insulating […]

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  •   The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

    Oregon Silver Jackets: a model to the nation

      The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

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  •   By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office “We had lots of rain in the years before,” said Carolyn Booth. “But nothing like this.” The amount of water from rain and snow melt in February 1996 took a lot of people by surprise. “The water was about three feet from the […]

    Volunteers: vital to community preparedness

      By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office “We had lots of rain in the years before,” said Carolyn Booth. “But nothing like this.” The amount of water from rain and snow melt in February 1996 took a lot of people by surprise. “The water was about three feet from the […]

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