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Col. Kent D. Savre, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visits Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations.

Col. Kent D. Savre, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visits Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations. (Photo by Patrick Bloodgood)

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Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visit Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations. (U.S. Army photo by )

Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visit Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations. (U.S. Army photo by ) (Photo by Patrick Bloodgood)

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Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visit Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations.

Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division, visit Staten Island and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy Nov. 7 to determine if and how USACE debris teams can support local, city, state, and federal officials, through FEMA, to assist in response and recovery operations. (Photo by Patrick Bloodgood)

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Posted 11/9/2012

Release no. 12-038


Contact
Justin Ward
347-370-4550
justin.m.ward@usace.army.mil

BROOKLYN, New York – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) established this week a recovery field office in Queens, N.Y., that will manage debris clean-up and removal work in New York City and Long Island and coordinate infrastructure assessment site visits throughout New York.

USACE teams are currently assessing debris removal and clearance needs in support of a mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in support of the State of New York, New York City and impacted boroughs. The work includes hauling debris to approved disposal sites as wells as collecting debris in impacted areas.

USACE infrastructure teams are working with Nassau County officials to conduct engineering assessments of public works facilities that may have sustained hurricane damage. USACE will begin by evaluating critical public infrastructure in Nassau County, including water treatment plants, medical facilities, and public safety buildings.

Under the National Response Framework and in support of FEMA, USACE is the responsible agency for Emergency Support Function 3, Public Works and Engineering. FEMA has assigned 65 missions to USACE following Hurricane Sandy for $249 million. These missions to date have included debris management, emergency infrastructure assessment, emergency temporary power, bottled water, critical public facility assessments, and regional activation.

For more information about the recovery field office in New York, please contact Jeff Hawk, 412-526-5435 or at jeffrey.s.hawk2@usace.army.mil.