• USACE South Pacific Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Turner and staff from the Los Angeles District view the path of mud flow and debris that eroded the gravel and riprap away from the support coloumns at Bridge 13, Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 19.

    South Pacific Division commander tours Fort Irwin flood damage

    USACE South Pacific Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Turner and staff from the Los Angeles District view the path of mud flow and debris that eroded the gravel and riprap away from the support coloumns at Bridge 13, Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 19.

  • USACE Los Angeles District Civil Engineer Tony Rocha, measures a disintergraded bicycle and walking pathway as he assess damage near and arouond bridge 13 at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 29.  A strong monsoon like storm caused flooding and excessive scouring at the fort Aug. 25.

    South Pacific Division commander tours Fort Irwin flood damage

    USACE Los Angeles District Civil Engineer Tony Rocha, measures a disintergraded bicycle and walking pathway as he assess damage near and arouond bridge 13 at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 29. A strong monsoon like storm caused flooding and excessive...

  • USACE Electrical Engineer Mehrbad Golshani, Civil Engineer Tech Patricia asquez and Civil Engineer Eric Strom take a break from assessing storm damage and review list of future inspections. A strong storm and flash flood that struck Fort Irwin and The National Training Center caused an approximate $50 million in damages to the fort, Aug. 25. There was no loss of life or injuries reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles district sent a response team of engineering professionals to Fort Irwin to assess damage soon after a monsoon storm hit. The team inspected 166 buildings for damages.

    Corps teams respond to storm damage at Fort Irwin

    USACE Electrical Engineer Mehrbad Golshani, Civil Engineer Tech Patricia asquez and Civil Engineer Eric Strom take a break from assessing storm damage and review list of future inspections. A strong storm and flash flood that struck Fort Irwin and The...

  • Mehrbad Golshani, an electrical engineer with the USACE Los Angeles District inspect an electrical panel for damage outside of one of Fort Irwin's office buildings. A strong storm and flash flood that struck Fort Irwin and The National Training Center caused an approximate $50 million in damages to the fort, Aug. 25. There was no loss of life or injuries reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles district sent a response team of engineering professionals to Fort Irwin to assess damage soon after a monsoon storm hit.

    Corps teams respond to Storm Damage at Fort Irwin

    Mehrbad Golshani, an electrical engineer with the USACE Los Angeles District inspect an electrical panel for damage outside of one of Fort Irwin's office buildings. A strong storm and flash flood that struck Fort Irwin and The National Training Center...

FORT IRWIN, Calif.--Brig. Gen. David Turner, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, and Los Angeles District leadership toured flood-damaged areas of Fort Irwin, Sept. 19.

The Los Angeles District sent a team of more than 70 engineering and technical support professionals to the fort to assess damage and provide recovery operations after flooding from a monsoon-like storm covered the post with mud and debris Aug. 25.

The storm's strong winds and rainfall caused an estimated $50 million in damage, to include disintegrating roads and sidewalks and flooding a school, barracks and offices, which displaced soldiers.

"We got up to three inches of rain in about 80 minutes, you can imagine with that amount of rain coming down and the force of it just caused a lot of damage here," said Fort Irwin Garrison Commander Col. Jonathan Braga. "It was honestly too much for our team to handle and one phone call to the Corps of Engineers got their response team up here within a day. And it wasn't just any day, it was right before Labor Day weekend."

"The corps has supported Fort Irwin and the National Training Center for more than 60 years, building a world class training facility for our nation's warriors and their families," said Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton. "Because our District has years of experience doing civil engineering projects, we had skill sets that were needed to support warfighters and the NTC and assist in getting them back on line and ready to continue training."

After the tour, Turner visited with post and garrison officials and personally thanked corps responders and Fort Irwin Department of Public Works staff for their efforts.

"It gives me great pleasure to recognize the efforts of this joint team of professionals," Turner said. "I know your hard work will help bring this post back on line and ready for the upcoming rotation." Turner presented several team members with Commander's Coins of Excellence for their efforts.

The team assessed more than 166 buildings, training facilities and ranges for flood damage and life safety. Teams also inspected civil structures like bridges and roadways.

"We've been working between 12 and 14 hour days, 7 days straight to inspect these buildings," said Stephen Boyce, a corps construction representative who is deployed to the fort to assess the damages. Boyce was inspecting a three-story barracks in which the basement was completely flooded destroying the building's heating and electrical systems. The soldiers who live in the building are temporarily displaced until the damages are repaired.

Because of the Corps' experience in disaster recovery, the teams were able to use the assessments to rapidly generate statements of work and independent government estimates that ultimately resulted in 21 contract packages awards. The total award for the clean-up and repair of facilities is $45 million.

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