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USACE updates Puerto Rico officials on hurricane recovery projects

By on July 20, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District’s commander and deputy commander for the Antilles provided an update for officials regarding $2.5 billion infrastructure projects designed to manage flood risk in Puerto Rico. 

Over the past several days, Comm. Col. Jason Kirk and Antilles Deputy Maj. Alexander Walker Rodríguez provided updates on infrastructure projects and studies that will reduce flood risk to officials that included Lieutenant Gov. Luis Rivera Marin, Natural & Environmental Resources Secretary Tania Vázquez Ruiz, and Omar Marrero, the executive director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency.


Kirk and Walker Rodríguez also toured the Río Puerto Nuevo site as well as the Guajataca Dam site where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked USACE to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) with risk-reduction measures at the dam.

“Just as our Assistant Secretary of the Army (for Civil Works) Mr. R.D. James said during his visit to Puerto Rico several months ago, the Corps looks forward to ‘moving the dirt’ to improve the flood protection and resiliency of major river channels across Puerto Rico,” Kirk said.

These projects include:

Flood Risk Management Construction:

Río Puerto Nuevo – $1.55 billion
Río de La Plata – $500 million
Río Grande de Loíza – $250 million
Río Grande de Arecibo – $82.9 million
Río Guanajibo at Mayagüez – $60 million
Río Nigua at Salinas – $60 million

Studies or Investigations:

Puerto Rico Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) – $3 million
Río Guayanilla – $3 million
San Juan Metro Area CSRM – $3 million
Río Grande de Manatí – $1.2 million
Río Culebrinas – $400,000

More information on the Budget Act is available at:

Information on Jacksonville District’s programs and projects is available at and on social media at; and,

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