December 31 2019
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District has awarded Conti Federal Services, LLC (Conti), an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) Rapid Disaster Infrastructure (RDI) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) to support disaster recovery and resiliency projects.
Initial projects in the $999 million program will repair the levee system along the Missouri River. This system protects local farms, communities, and related infrastructure in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska from flooding. However, due to heavy rains in late 2018 followed by a record snowfall in the Winter of 2019, subsequent flooding crested the levee system and devastated farms, highways, and other infrastructure, including the levees themselves. USACE Omaha’s program will repair the damaged levee systems while also preparing a team of qualified contractors to address any further immediate disaster recovery needs in the district.
USACE Omaha selected Conti to participate in the RDI MATOC in part based on the firm’s history of success with similar rapid response and flood mitigation work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, as well as previous rapid response work for the district, among others. Through this experience, Conti brings the proven approaches, best practices, and lessons learned to USACE Omaha to execute RDI IDIQ assignments safely, quickly, and cost-effectively.
“Rapid response and disaster recovery projects require an extra degree of sensitivity and understanding,” explains Anthony Labato, Vice President of Conti Federal and Program Manager. “We are often on site within hours of a disaster, working at homes, schools, and farms directly impacted by a storm or flood. In the wake of a disaster, our recovery efforts can mean the difference between someone returning home within days or having to wait weeks or more. It’s work that makes an immediate, tangible difference in people’s lives.”
Mr. Labato continues, “For USACE Omaha’s levee repair projects, we will be working on the edges of farmers’ fields and other properties especially vulnerable to flooding. Completing our assignments as-planned and on-schedule means these residents can sleep a little easier when the next storm approaches. Our team is looking forward to getting into the field and getting to work.”
USACE Omaha’s RDI program was established in 1989 and has executed more than 700 time-critical responses across the US to date. The District’s RDI contractor team provides time-critical response and project execution, rapid response project initiation, and is often on-site support within 72 hours of a disaster. Conti previously held a Rapid Response contract with USACE Omaha from 2003-2009.