Pittsburgh District declares flood emergency on Monongahela River

Pittsburgh District USACE
Published Sept. 1, 2021
Updated: Sept. 1, 2021

The waters recede after a flood incident at the Locks and Dams 3 on the Monongahela River in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, during sunset, March 2, 2021. High water from snow melts and extended rain affected the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District on the Monongahela River in early March. Elizabeth Locks and Dams (L/D 3) was taken out of service as water entered the operating machinery and topped the lock walls. The average time of high-water stopping operation was 30 hours. The lock staff cleared mud and debris, and each lock was returned to service within eight hours of water receding. Elizabeth is one of the oldest functioning locks in the nation, 114 years old. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District Photo by Philip Delo)

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District declared a state of emergency due to flooding conditions impacting the Monongahela River and its tributaries, Sept. 1, 2021.

This emergency declaration authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to undertake support emergency response activities caused by the natural disaster.

The Pittsburgh District may provide support to local communities in need, and repair or rehabilitate flood control projects damaged during the state of emergency.

“If communities request support, we can provide assistance under this declaration,” said Al Coglio, the chief of emergency management for the Pittsburgh District.

The act also authorizes the Pittsburgh District to provide resources if requested, which can include technical assistance, sandbags, sandbag machines, water pumps and other flood-fighting supplies or equipment. The act does not include provisions for labor, transportation or fill materials.

All authorized costs associated with the emergency response are funded by the federal government.

The Pittsburgh District’s Emergency Operations Center remains active. To request support, please contact the Pittsburgh District emergency operation center: (412) 395-7150 or celrp-eoc@usace.army.mil.   

RESOURCES: For more information, visit; www.lrp.usace.army.mil

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Andrew Byrne
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1000 Liberty Avenue 20th Floor, Suite 2003 Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

Release no. 21-016