Helping Our Neighbors Control Flooding

>It’s been a busy week here in the Ninth District. We barely had a chance to catch our collective breath after rescuing 134 ice fishermen, when the communities living along many of the rivers here began calling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for help controlling flooding.

Our unusually warm weather caused rapid melting of the snow and ice packs, leading to dangerous ice jams along many rivers here on the Great Lakes. When that happens, the U.S. Coast Guard provides support to USACE when we can.

Just this weekend, while many of the stations on Lake Erie were participating in one of our largest ice rescues in recent history, the USCGC Katmai Bay was able to breakout the Grand River in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Today, USCGC Neah Bay (Left, U.S. Coast Guard photo by BM3 Jacob Haslem), was underway to help breakout the “other” Grand River in Fairport, Ohio, and provide assistance to the communities of Conneaut and Ashtabula, Ohio. The objective of these missions is to help our USACE partners get the ice out of the rivers so the flood waters have a place to go.

Our D9 Public Affairs staff was able to capture the hard work our icebreakers are logging. Take a look at the tight quarters they are operating in as they work with the USACE to protect the lives and property of our neighbors. Note the outstanding ship handling. Those icebreaker Guardians can really get it done!

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