Author: Patrick Loch
  • January

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • December

    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.”
  • USACE Blue Roof mission in Puerto Rico is a family affair

    Omar Esquilin-Mangual, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was born, raised and educated on the island before working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 after receiving his master's degree in civil engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
  • Grid Restoration in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (video)

    Andrew Imig is one of many quality assurance engineers assisting in the mission to restore power throughout Puerto Rico. The mission is massive, with more than 150 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel and 2,000 contractors on the ground making strides every day.
  • USACE's Operation Blue Roof hitting its stride

    Shortly after hurricane Maria left a trail of devastation across the island in late September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began its work under the direction of FEMA to assist in a variety of missions in support of the residents of Puerto Rico.
  • USACE Installs Micro Grid to Bring Power to Homes Near Patillas (video)

    Power is coming to the residents of Patillas, Puerto Rico. Through the innovation of a micro grid, residences and businesses will have power 24 hours a day for the first time since hurricane Maria devastated the power grid here.
  • Guajataca Dam update on repairs (video)

    More than two-and-a-half months ago, damage to the Guajataca Dam near Isabella, Puerto Rico, threatened the life, property and water supply for thousands of residents downstream Rio Guajataca. Due to heavy rainfall during hurricane Maria, Guajataca Lake surged full and overwhelmed the spillway, requiring a joint effort to conduct emergency repairs.
  • USACE undergoes a first by installing micro grid in Culebra (video)

    On the island of Culebra, due east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ temporary emergency power team is tapping into a new way to bring electricity to the people.
  • November

    Milestone reached - 700 generators installed by the RFO's temporary power team (video)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working out of the Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico reached an unmatched milestone during the holiday weekend when it installed its seven-hundredth temporary generator on the island in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • USACE debris mission in Puerto Rico grinding away (video)

    Throughout the island of Puerto Rico, a massive operation to remove more than three million cubic yards of debris churns on. Just outside of Ponce, the Recovery Field Office has established a bustling collection site in the El Tuque Quarry to collect vegetation, or veg, debris.
  • USACE Wraps Up School Assessments in Puerto Rico (video)

    In the mountains of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting one of its last building assessments on critical infrastructure on the island. For more than five weeks, teams have worked tirelessly to document damage done by hurricanes Irma and Maria to more than one-thousand buildings, whether in urban centers or remote mountain villages.