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Flooding Puts Army Corps of Engineers on Alert

The Louisville district of the US Army Corps of Engineers is keeping an eye on recent flooding. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Louisville district covers Indiana, Kentucky and parts of Ohio and Illinois. As of Tuesday afternoon, no states or communities had requested major assistance.Spokesperson Ron Elliott says that the corps is ready should any community need help."We have two major flood teams that are just standing by," Elliott says. "Our emergency operations is actively engaged and basically at the request of the state or the local government we would jump in to assist."On Tuesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers received a request for 1,000 sandbags from the Jefferson County Public School district.Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer Distinct would decide if the flooding warranted the corps to activate the local levee system.Elliot says the flooding in the region hasn’t been too severe."Right now, there’s no major cause for concern for Indianapolis all the way down, but we put in the order for the emergency sandbags and our flood fighting teams are standing by should we need to be activated in assisting the local communities for that," he says.In the event of flooding, the US Corps of Engineers activates local levee systems at the request of local communities or states.