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ARMY ENGINEERS CONTINUE FLOOD FIGHTING, RESPONSE EFFORTS

       ARMY ENGINEERS CONTINUE FLOOD FIGHTING, RESPONSE EFFORTS
    WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/  -- Army Engineers continue to assist communities in Massachusetts in flood fighting efforts in the wake of this weeks northeaster which caused severe coastal erosion and tidal flooding.
    "We have hired seven local contractors to provide bulldozers, trucks , front end loaders and pumps to Chatham, Hull, Scituate, Nahant and Plum Island to help community officials to clear roads and restore essential services," according to Colonel Philip R. Harris, head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New England Division.  The emergency contracts represent nearly $65,000 in federal assistance.
    All requests for equipment are being coordinated by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham.  In addition, the Engineers are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to visit damaged areas and perform preliminary damage assessments. These assessments are needed to help determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster declaration is appropriate.
    During the height of the storm and its associated tidal surges, hurricane barriers constructed and operated by the Corps of Engineers at New Bedford, Mass., and Stamford, Conn., were closed and prevented an estimated $2.2 million in damages.
    "The sand recently placed on Revere Beach prevented an estimated $3 million in damages to nearly 150 private and public buildings, including MDC facilities, behind the beach," Colonel Harris said.  Reconstruction of the beach allowed the waves to break nearly 100 feet from the seawalls, preventing them from being overtopped and causing serious flooding.
    "Assistance also may be available directly from the Corps to repair federal and nonfederal flood control works and federally authorized and constructed hurricane or shore protection structures damaged by the storm," Colonel Harris noted.  To be eligible for up to 80% in federal funds for the repair work, structures must provide "appreciable and dependable effects" in preventing damage.  Typical flood control structures include levees, channel improvements and dams.  Typical shore protection structures are those that are designed and constructed to protect the beach or waterfront areas from erosion.  Requests for this type of assistance must be made by a public sponsor, even if the structure is privately owned, to assure that the nonfederal share of the remedial work will be funded.  More information about this program is available by contacting Thomas Rosato at 617-647-8270.
    For private property owners, Engineers have issued an emergency general permit for the repair or replacement of previously permitted structures or fill damaged or destroyed by the storm.  "Under this authorization, marinas, private docks and floats may be repaired or replaced, in kind, without undergoing the individual review process," Colonel Harris added.  To be covered by the emergency permit, property owners must notify the Corps of Engineers of the extent and nature of the emergency work by calling 617-647-8338.  The emergency permit will remain in effect until January 31, 1992, and covers work regulated by the Corps under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
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    /CONTACT: Sue Douglas of the Army Corps of Engineers, 617-647-8264/ CO:  Army Corps of Engineers ST:  Massachusetts IN: SU: SH -- NE006 -- 0278 11/01/91 14:02 EST
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