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National Guard engineers repair US Highway 36 
by Lt. Col. Michael J Turley, Maj. David J. Gibb, Capt. Blake Bingham, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Summit, and Staff Sgt. Jecca Geffre 
 

U.S Soldiers with the 947th Engineer Company, Colorado National Guard, help to rebuild U.S. Highway 36 west of Lyons, Colo. September 27, 2013. The Colorado National Guard is supporting the Colorado Department of Transportation to make a passable causeway between Lyons and Estes Park that will sustain the communities through to spring, when weather will allow civil contractors to fully rebuild the highway to standards. Heavy rains and flash floods destroyed roughly 40 percent of the highway earlier in September, closing the highway to all vehicle traffic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

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This Article was published as a feature story in the members only magazine Army Engineer and has been reprinted with permission.

CIVIL CONSIDERATIONS

As we know, the motto of the Engineer Regiment is Essayons or “Let us try!”

September 2013 will be remembered in the Colorado counties of Boulder and Larimer as a month in which that motto was tested and proven true to its word: we came, we tried, we accomplished!

Record-setting rains caused catastrophic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range, particularly in the area of Boulder County.

A state disaster emergency was declared on Sept. 13. U.S. Highway 36 required repair in several places along a 25-mile stretch between Lyons and Estes Park.

The community of Pinewood Springs, located between Lyons and Estes Park, was completely cut off with few services and no schools because of the damage.

By the end of the project, National Guard engineers from Task Force Pioneer had repaired 25 miles of road, 28 days ahead of the most optimistic schedule of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Because of time constraints and the need for specialized work, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact was enacted.

EMAC is a national mutual-aid partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during state- or federally declared emergencies. EMAC is about governors helping fellow governors in times of need. When state resources  are overwhelmed, other states, to include National Guard units nationwide, can step in and fill shortfalls.

In responding to national emergencies and disasters, EMAC is instrumental in providing needed advice and assistance to governors as it relates to identifying, selecting, requesting, and deploying all types of resources.

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3/1/2014