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Flood fight teams deploy after heavy December rains

Published Feb. 25, 2016
A.J. Fleming (left), Jacob Nienaber and Kate Brandner of the Louisville District Flood Fight Team discuss strategy and coordinate coverage of Levee Unit 5 near Mount Carmel, Indiana, during the December 2015/January 2016 floods in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

A.J. Fleming (left), Jacob Nienaber and Kate Brandner of the Louisville District Flood Fight Team discuss strategy and coordinate coverage of Levee Unit 5 near Mount Carmel, Indiana, during the December 2015/January 2016 floods in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

The Ohio River Valley experienced heavier than usual rainfall in late December 2015 which contributed to flooding in the area, especially along the Wabash River. 

Over the course of the nearly two-week event, the Louisville District Emergency Operations Center and Levee Safety staff monitored the lakes, rivers and levees in the district footprint. Four flood fight teams were deployed across the area to check potential trouble spots and provide technical assistance to local communities. 

Early in January 2016, the waters had already begun to recede, but the district EOC continued to monitor the situation and maintain communications with affected communities until Jan. 8.