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The first step in lock repair is dewatering. It takes a team of about 30 people a week or two of 12 hour days to set up a needle system wall and pump the water out before repairs can even begin. The crane operator and South Florida Operations team begin the dewatering of the Ortona Lock by setting a steel I-beam into the girder recess notch in the lock wall, starting with the upper end of the lock.
"Working together we can reduce risk and enhance the use of this critical resource."
While heavy rains in May raised levels in Lake Okeechobee, the drier than usual March left the lake with enough capacity to avoid the need for imminent planned releases to the estuaries.
Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands a letter certifying the completion of the Alternate Care Facility the district built in the Miami Convention Center to Kevin Guthrie, Deputy Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The facility provides 450 beds, 50 of them intensive care unit beds, gives the state of Florida medical providers and state emergency managers flexibility as they prepare for a COVID-19 based surge at local and regional medical facilities. Initially, the facility was to be completed by April 27, but the deadline was moved to April 20 after a meeting with the Florida governor identified an expedited need. Even with the shortened deadline, the Corps of Engineers delivered the site early, with the contractor completing construction April 18 and the Corps signing over the facility to the state on April 19.
Leadership from the City of Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gebler, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Mayor of Miami-Dade, the Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite brief the press and the people of South Florida on the current outlook of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the work being done at the Miami Beach Convention Center to convert it to an alternate care facility. When complete, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) Alternate Care Facility (ACF) will hold 450 beds, 50 of which will be isolation units and 400 of which will house regular beds. During emergencies, USACE is the federal government's lead public works and engineering support agency. Given its extensive work in building medical facilities for its military stakeholders, it is uniquely qualified to tackle this engineering challenge.
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Lock steps: Dewatering is the first step before lock repairs can begin
Did you ever wonder why it takes so long to repair a lock? Check out the dewatering process for the Ortona Lock and Dam maintenance repairs through a series of photos of the event in 2018. It's a LOT...
Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: balancing project purposes
6/26/2020 UPDATED
One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control,...
Lake Okeechobee Update for 2020 Rainy Season
After a drier than normal dry season, Lake Okeechobee operations transition to rainy season without plans for imminent large releases to estuaries...
From NFL Experience to COVID-19 treatment facility in two months: Jacksonville District transforms Miami Beach Convention Center
Two months ago, the Miami Beach Convention Center was hosting 80,000 fans for the NFL Experience as part of Super Bowl festivities. The Jacksonville District just finished transforming the center into...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiates alternative permitting procedures in wake of Hurricane Sally
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will initiate alternative permitting procedures throughout affected areas in the State of Florida in response to conditions resulting from...
Cuerpo de Ingenieros adjudica contracto de construcción de $3.6 millones para el Proyecto de Río Antón Ruíz
El Distrito de Jacksonville del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los EE. UU. (USACE por sus siglas en inglés), adjudicó un contrato de construcción para el proyecto de Río Antón Ruíz, parte de la...
Corps awards $3.6 million construction contract for Río Antón Ruíz Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District awarded construction contract as part of the Rio Anton Ruiz Restoration Section 1135 of the Continuous Authorities Program (CAP), Humacao, Puerto...
9/14/2020 UPDATED
Even though Hurricane Laura skirted by Florida with minimal impact, staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District are assisting disaster survivors by providing information...

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