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Walla Walla District Deploys Six More to Support FEMA in Colorado

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Six more U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, power team members are now helping to support areas impacted by recent severe flooding across Colorado.

The members departed Walla Walla on Sunday to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 8's request for emergency power assistance. Three other power team members departed Saturday.

Those who deployed Sunday include: Julie Morris, a procurement technician at the district headquarters in Walla Walla, serving the FEMA mission as a contract specialist; Rick Beauchesne, operations project manager at Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake near Walla Walla, serving as a mission specialist; Sandra Geiger, a supply technician at Lower Granite Lock and Dam, serving as a mission specialist; James Wade, a maintenance management technician at Lower Granite Lock and Dam near Pomeroy, Wash., serving as a logistic specialist; Lonnie Croft, a maintenance worker at Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake, serving as a quality assurance specialist; and Ken Wanderscheid, an electronic system control craftworker at McNary Lock and Dam near Umatilla, Ore., serving as a quality assurance specialist.

In any disaster, the Corps' top priorities are 1) support immediate emergency response priorities; 2) sustain lives with critical commodities, temporary emergency power and other needs; and 3) initiate recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure.

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