Port assessment teams respond to 2011 floods

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Bruce Matlock, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge looks out over the rising water of the Atchafalaya River, May 17, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bruce Matlock, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, looks out over the rising water of the Atchafalaya River, May 17, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello.

Since April, Coast Guard men and women have deployed in support of Federal, state and local agencies throughout the Midwest and southern United States in response to record floodwaters along the entire Mississippi River system.

Dedicated units, including disaster area response teams, air stations and reserve units have come together to assist communities along the Mississippi, where residents and businesses face the unknown. One of these Coast Guard units is Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, La. The men and women at Baton Rouge have been operating at an elevated response level since the river’s waters started to rise and are dispatched daily to check for damage and assist facility managers.

To read more about Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, and for the latest on flood response updates, be sure to check with Coast Guard Heartland or their public information site. You can also check the Floodfight 2011- Operation Watershed Facebook page, for information directly from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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