WILMINGTON, NC—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District is actively monitoring the impacts of Hurricane Florence. When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.
The Wilmington District’s Emergency Operations are integrated into county and state efforts regarding flood response. USACE will continue to monitor potential impacts to several existing and planned coastal storm risk management projects at Kure, Wrightsville, Carolina, and Ocean Isle beaches.
The district’s team is fully-engaged and are actively monitoring and managing the dams to manage inflows associated with this potential heavy rain event. These teams will continue to monitor and manage these dams throughout the event. These dams reduce the risk of downstream flooding, but do not eliminate it. Risk remains from the potential massive rainfall and flooding downstream from other drainage areas not associated with the dams.
USACE is integrated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure federal channels are assessed as quickly as possible to enable rapid ports reopening at Wilmington and Morehead City.
In any disaster, USACE’s three top priorities are: support immediate life-saving and life-safety emergency response priorities; sustain lives with critical temporary emergency power and other needs; and initiate recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure.
Release no. 18-012