Louisiana Loss of the Space Shuttle <span class="italic">Columbia</span> (EM-3172)

Incident period: February 1, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 1, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 14, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- On Feb.1, when the Columbia Shuttle broke apart over Texas, scattering material over East Texas and parts of Louisiana, President Bush declared an emergency disaster for both Texas and Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was named the lead federal agency in the search, find and recovery operation. Through Monday, April 14, all reported known shuttle debris has been removed from Louisiana.
April 10, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Ground searches continue at full strength across a wide swath of East Texas where material from the Space Shuttle Columbia fell as it broke apart over the state on Feb. 1. "We are continually amazed as we hear daily reports of confirmed debris finds of what a fantastic part the ground, air and water teams have played in the recovery success that has been accomplished. They have been a tremendous help in this process," said NASA Oversight Manager Dave King.
April 8, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Air operations will resume in the search for Space Shuttle Columbia debris, according to Texas Forest Service Chief of Fire Operations Mark Stanford. Seven helicopters will began searching East Texas, weather permitting, for the first time since a March 27 helicopter crash in the Angelina National Forest which killed two and injured three searchers.
April 7, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- With dive operations on Lake Nacogdoches finished and dive activities on Toledo Bend Reservoir 98 percent complete, the U.S. Navy directed water operations to recover Columbia Shuttle material could conclude as early as this week.
April 2, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Obligations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Texas and the State of Louisiana to reimburse local governments for eligible costs involved in responding to the Columbia shuttle material recovery operations have reached $2.78 million. Obligations in Texas have reached $2,386,000. Obligations in Louisiana stand at $396,000.
March 31, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Within hours of the breakup of the Columbia Shuttle, local, state, federal and civilian agencies mobilized for what may be one of the largest federal-civilian interagency recovery efforts to date. More than 90 agencies have participated in search and recovery operations-from private groups, contractors, city, county, state law enforcement and emergency response organizations to federal resources managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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