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