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Posted 4/28/2014

Release no. 14-036

Alice Bufkin
4155 Clay St. Vicksburg, MS

Vicksburg, Miss…… The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District team member, Lamar Jenkins, recently returned from emergency deployment to Galena, Alaska, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The city of Galena suffered a major flood and ice flows in May 2013 when numerous houses and other structures were destroyed and determined to be public health threats. As debris subject matter expert, Jenkins provided technical support to the State of Alaska and the city of Galena in its debris management planning and implementation. He provided guidance for the Public Assistance Demolition Program and Private Property Debris Removal Program.

The most urgent debris cleanup was performed in 2013 before being halted by weather conditions and lack of access to Galena. The Yukon River is closed to barge traffic from September to June due to the freezing of the river. To maximize the construction season of June to September for rebuilding homes, the Demolition and Private Debris Removal Programs were planned to begin prior to the thawing of the river. Contracts were developed in support of these programs.

Galena is located on the Yukon River 328 miles north of Anchorage and 270 miles west of Fairbanks and is only accessible by air or by the Yukon River.

Jenkins is Assistant Area Engineer at the Vicksburg District’s Greenwood Area Office in Greenwood. His duties include the administration of construction contracts and operation and maintenance contracts for the Yazoo River basin.

Jenkins, a native of Yazoo City, is married to the former Gail McDaniel of Benton. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University in Civil Engineering, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi, and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.