Punt feature

Small boats, big missions

After Hurricane Matthew dumped 18 inches of rain on North Carolina, Coast Guard Western River Flood Punt Team worked with local and state agencies to assist. The team, comprised of members from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, Upper Mississippi River and Aids to Navigation Team Colfax, Louisiana, completed a total of 23 missions, eight rescues and more than 280 wellness checks.

Buoy operations

Rising to the challenge: Low water on the Mississippi River

The rise and fall of river water levels is a constant, impacted by flooding and drought. It’s something those who work on or around the river contend with on a regular basis. This year, rivers throughout the Midwest region are experiencing record low water levels and natural relief through the winter may be minimal. As water levels drop, the channels in which ships and barges travel shrink in width and depth, creating difficulties for shipping commerce. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and shipping industries are working together to adapt to the pressure of keeping the Mississippi River open for commerce and the public.


Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Heartland

The U.S. Coast Guard lived up to its motto of being “Always Ready” in 2011 – from interdicting the first drug sub in Caribbean waters to providing humanitarian relief to a drought-stricken island nation, Coast Guard crews had a remarkable […]

Flood response

Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers continue flood response

As communities along the Mississippi River system continue to be impacted by record high waters, Coast Guard men and women are deployed in support of Federal, state and local agencies throughout the Midwest while the South remains on alert as […]

Coast Guard airboat

Coast Guard concludes 2011 Red River flood ops

Written by Lt. Rob McCaskey, chief of incident management, Sector Upper Mississippi River. After nearly three weeks of operations, the Coast Guard is winding down its response to seasonal floods on the Red River. Record winter snows this year, and […]