US Army Corps of Engineers
South Atlantic Division

  • October

    USACE HELPS RESTORE NAVIGATION CHANNELS AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL

    Surveying efforts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District quickly restored navigation channels in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. This included the Port of Pensacola, Fla. and nearly 300 miles of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
  • JIM WOODRUFF LOCK & DAM SURVIVES GROUND ZERO

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District project the Jim Woodruff Lock & Dam, suffered some damage and is dealing with power issues, but it survived the impact of Hurricane Michael as it battered the Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday in Lake Seminole, Fla.
  • September

    Hurricane Florence District Updates

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, has activated their Emergency Operations
  • Permitting takes center stage in September for the World Equestrian Games

    The World Equestrian Games (WEG) which are administered by the Federation Equestre International (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort in Tryon, North Carolina will host FEI WEG from September 11-23, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District staff in the Asheville Regulatory Field Office have worked diligently with TIEC and its consultants over the last five years to permit the site in anticipation of this world-class event.
  • January

    Critical Public Facility mission evolves as Puerto Rico recovery efforts continue

    In the days following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island of Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the mission to evaluate critical public facilities, but since then the mission has evolved from evaluation to construction.
  • Katrina survivor grows-up to support Maria recovery efforts

    Out of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina many stories have been told of adversity and strength, but Jasmine Smith’s story has been 12-years in the making as she is now serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Puerto Rico as the Debris Mission manager.
  • Alaska District employee remains dedicated to hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico

    Over the past four months, Jim DeGraff spent just two weeks at home in Alaska. The rest of the time, he was in disaster areas, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to help the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • USACE supports marine debris removal in Puerto Rico (video)

    In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is executing a marine debris mission at the Puerto Del Rey marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This is the second marine debris mission to take place in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, with the first taking place before Christmas to remove the wrecks which were a threat to both the environment and navigation.
  • Task force safety seeks to reduce potential for traffic mishaps

    A crew from Fluor subcontractor MasTec lifted a 30-foot wooden utility pole for use in electric power restoration on a winding road in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Jan. 6, under the watchful eye of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration Safety Manager Bill Pioli. His focus on this day was traffic safety.
  • Terrain, tropics and topography

    Terrain, tropics, and topography are among the challenges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are overcoming as part of the ongoing operation, Task Force Power Restoration, throughout the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, following the catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.
  • Microgrid technology brings vital electricity to Puerto Rico’s hardest hit towns

    In a continuing mission to restore critical electrical power to the people of Puerto Rico, Task Force Power Restoration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is using microgrid technology to temporarily power areas that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Maria.
  • USACE works to clear hurricane debris on island of Vieques

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris management operation is now underway on Vieques, an island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Contract crews are working to clear debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
  • USACE beginning repairs on critical facilities in Puerto Rico (video)

    The Critical Public Facilities mission, or CPF, is one of four efforts undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico. Recently, the mission has transitioned from assessing damage on critical facilities around the island to awarding contracts to conduct repairs on more than 80 buildings in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.
  • USACE Quality Assurance checks help keep temporary emergency generators running strong in Puerto Rico

    Shelby Deal leans over a generator hooked up to a water pump station on the side of a twisting mountain road in central Puerto Rico. He notes the generator’s barcode and transponder number, inspects its oil and fuel filters, checks the fuel gauge, and records the number of hours the generator has operated. Finally, he assesses the surrounding area to make sure the grounding wire is properly flagged, the generator is level and no wires present a tripping hazard.
  • USACE deputy visits Task Force Power in Puerto Rico

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations Maj. Gen. Donald E. "Ed" Jackson visited Task Force Power Restoration at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Jan. 4 to get an update on the mission and to meet team members.
  • Task Force Power’s husband, wife team deliver ‘inseparable’ disaster support

    Evan and Leah Morgan have been inseparable since 2010, their freshman year at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. The husband and wife team from Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, knew they wanted to support the recovery mission in Puerto Rico. The only consideration was timing: would the stars align so this couple could deploy together? The answer came on Nov. 14, when Leah, a district contract purchasing agent, deployed to Puerto Rico to support the Task Force Power Restoration mission. Evan, a civil engineer, wouldn’t join her until Dec. 22.
  • Brig. Gen. Holland New Year's update from Puerto Rico (video)

    Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provides an update on USACE's recovery operations in Puerto Rico from the very historic site of Old San Juan.
  • USACE Blue Roof mission progresses across Puerto Rico as installation rate increases

    With the new year fast approaching, Quality Assurance specialist Andrew Lorenz was busy visiting Operation Blue Roof installation sites in neighborhoods across Mayagüez, a city of 80,000 people on Puerto Rico's west coast. Here and across Puerto Rico, the effort to provide residents with the temporary blue roofs has gained steam, with nearly 4,000 installations occurring island-wide each of the past two weeks.
  • December

    Task Force Power Restoration operations chief bids fond farewell

    Philip R. Tilly, a program manager with the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was making final plans in September for a promised road trip he and his wife, Jeanne, of 35 years, would take to Acadia National Park in Maine, and a week-long retreat to Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio.
  • USACE personnel come to the aid of injured Puerto Rican

    “Then I heard a faint call for help,” said Richard Cusimano, who spends his days here as a quality assurance inspector in at the Canovanas, Fajardo, Loiza, Rio Grande and Luquillo debris collection sites. “Then the calls got more assertive.”