U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for possible government shutdown

By WEEK Producer

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for possible government shutdown

September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM CDT

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is preparing for a potential federal government shutdown due to lack of funding.

The shutdown would affect approximately 475 of the Rock Island District’s 815 employees.

Corps officials said if a shutdown occurs, they will be forced to shutdown all activities other than excepted activities.

Excepted activities will be minimally staffed to protect against imminent threats to life
and property or to continue support to maintain national security.

However, the following activities will continue to operate under a normal schedule: locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers; reservoir operations of water control features at Saylorville, emergency response efforts; work directly funded by prior year appropriations; and other work deemed mission essential.

If a federal government shutdown occurs, all Corps-operated campgrounds, day-use
parks and boat ramps will close. Visitors camping at Corps campgrounds will be required to vacate by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and no new visitors or reservations will be accepted until after the shutdown ends.

Recreation customers may cancel their reservations for a full refund. Customers required to vacate campsites early will receive a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservations.

To request a refund please contact the reservation customer service at 1-888-448-1474.

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