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Posted 6/13/2008

Release no. 08-007


Louisville, KY – The Louisville District Army Corps of Engineers has 35 to 40 emergency
operations staff fully engaged in the flood fighting process throughout 36 counties in Indiana
and Illinois.

Significant flooding occurred throughout Indiana leaving 30 counties declared as disaster areas.
Communities continue to be threatened with flood waters. The Wabash and White Rivers are
expected to crest at their juncture south of Vincennes on Friday afternoon. The National
Weather Service has forecasted one to two inches of rain on Friday, but lesser chances of more
rain on Saturday and Sunday. As a result, the states of Indiana and Illinois, requested Corps of
Engineers assistance under public law 84-99 to supplement their ongoing emergency response
efforts.

Personnel are in the process of flood fighting, dam and levee inspections and coordination with
state emergency management officials. Currently 14 pumps have been provided by the Corps
and are spread throughout the affected areas to provide relief. The emergency operations
center in Louisville is now operating seven days a week.

“The Corps is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local
emergency management officials, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Emergency Operations Center,” said Steve Rager, Louisville District Emergency Manager. “This
partnership means we will work together as a team to find and execute the best solution to
protect the public.”

“Additionally, at the request of FEMA, the Corps of Engineers is providing technical expertise in
the inspection and evaluation of more than 100 privately or state owned dams in Indiana,”
continued Rager.

The Corps of Engineers maintains seven dams in Indiana. Three in the Middle Wabash Area
are under increased monitoring. Corps dams are being closely monitored and continue to
operate as designed. The Middle Wabash reservoirs continue to provide flood protection to the
region. Had the lakes not been in place, the basin area would have experienced increased
flooding along the reaches of the Middle Wabash and White Rivers area. Monroe and Patoka
reservoirs saved more