A dozen Mid-Columbians who work for the Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District are helping with emergency response to "Winter Storm Nemo," which hit the northeastern United States with 1 to 3 feet of snow during the weekend.
The corps employees will help the Federal Emergency Management Agency with public works and engineering, including providing backup electrical power generation where needed, according to a news release.
The Walla Walla district houses one of eight such teams ready to deploy to natural disasters and other emergencies on short notice. They have expertise in power plants, maintenance, administration, and mechanical, electrical and structural engineering.
The team includes six people from Walla Walla, two from Pomeroy, one from Kennewick, one from Kahlotus, one from White Salmon and one from Colfax.