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Saudi delegation tours flood control projects

Published Aug. 2, 2016
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs (left) briefs a delegation from Saudi Arabia during a tour of flood risk management projects in Las Vegas July 28. Of particular interest to the group was the District's longtime partnership with the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs (left) briefs a delegation from Saudi Arabia during a tour of flood risk management projects in Las Vegas July 28. Of particular interest to the group was the District's longtime partnership with the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District host a delegation from Saudi Arabia in Las Vegas July 28. During a tour of joint project sites Rick Leifield (right), chief of the District’s Engineering Division, speaks with members of the delegation.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District host a delegation from Saudi Arabia in Las Vegas July 28. During a tour of joint project sites Rick Leifield (right), chief of the District’s Engineering Division, speaks with members of the delegation.

Clark County Regional Flood Control District General Manager Steve Parrish (center) provides an overview of the regional flood control system here July 28. A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited several joint project sites with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and longtime partner CCRFCD.

Clark County Regional Flood Control District General Manager Steve Parrish (center) provides an overview of the regional flood control system here July 28. A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited several joint project sites with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and longtime partner CCRFCD.

LAS VEGAS – A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District in Las Vegas July 28.

District Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs briefed the group on the District's area of responsibility and the scope of work performed. Of particular interest to the group was the District's longtime partner in area flood risk management projects, the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. 

"Clark County RFCD was an amazing host for our District and the Saudi visitors," said Gibbs.  "On short notice, they provided facilities, prepared a briefing, and joined us for a tour of the Tropicana-Flamingo Project.  They were very gracious and hospitable - true partners of the Los Angeles District and USACE as a whole." 

Steve Parrish, CCRFCD General Manager, provided an overview of the regional flood control system and Rick Leifield, chief of the Engineering Division, spoke about the Corps' work with the local sponsor. 

"I felt the meeting with the Saudi Delegation was very successful - they were interested in our work and engineering processes and were impressed with our work," said Gibbs.  "Our team felt proud of the work we accomplished.  I believe this is an international partnership that we can build upon." 

As part of their tour, the Saudi delegation also visited the USACE headquarters, the New Orleans District, and historic Hoover Dam.