HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces that it has activated its Emergency Operations Center in order to proactively monitor the needs of local communities during the on-going high water event.
Recent precipitation has caused increased run off in steep and already saturated areas and has caused many rivers and streams to overflow their banks and flood low lying areas. The high water levels along flood risk management structures such as levees and flood walls in the region creates the need for more frequent monitoring.
At many area levees and flood walls, inspection teams from the Huntington District will be assisting local sponsors in monitoring their project. The Emergency Operations Center will be coordinating these inspections.
Activation of the Emergency Operations Center does not mean that any emergency is on-going or problems are expected. It is merely being activated to coordinate inspection efforts and be ready to respond should any problems be detected.
The levees and flood walls scheduled to be monitored include: Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Ironton, Portsmouth and New Boston, Ohio; and Maysville, Ky.
You are reminded that flood waters contain many hazards that may not be apparent. Flood waters may conceal hazards such as debris, chemicals, dangerous currents and other things could cause potential life safety issues. If you encounter water crossing a roadway, turn around and find an alternative route.
The locks and dams along the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers are designed for ensuring navigation. They do not provide flood damage reduction.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.
Release no. 20-023