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U.S. Army of Corp. of Engineers to Help With Debris Removal

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford announces help that the federal agency will be providing to area during press conference at Cedar Creek Park Friday afternoon.

Areas like Wantagh and Seaford that were seriously impacted by Superstorm Sandy will soon be getting some outside help in picking up the pieces.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford announced during a press conference at Cedar Creek Park Friday afternoon that the Army Corp. of Engineers would be sending in crews to help with debris removal. King said arrangements for help from the Army Corp. of Engineers was made at the request of him along with U.S Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Charles Schumer, D-.N.Y.

Congressman King said he hopes the assistance from the Army Corp. of Engineers will help the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in its efforts to more quickly address many outages across the area. As of mid Friday afternoon, more than were without power in the Wantagh-Seaford area, according to the utility's storm center outage map

“[Power] is not only an issue of convenience but is an issue of life and safety,” said Congressman King during the press conference at Cedar Creek Park off Merrick Road in Seaford that also featured remarks from Senator Gillibrand and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano about relief efforts. “It is important that power be restored as quickly as possible and the Army Corp. of Engineers is coming to assist with that.”

Senator Gillibrand said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the Army Corp. of Engineers $10 million for disaster relief to aid its debris removal efforts.

“We are going to continue to fight for resources,” Sen. Gillibrand said during the press conference that was held in front of a feeding site the American Red Cross has set up at Cedar Creek Park.

Mangano said he was on a conference call Thursday with President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who both made commitments to provide any disaster relief Nassau County is in need of to the county’s Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage. 

Wayne Smith November 02, 2012 at 07:23 PM
How big will these crews be? And how long will they take to get here?
Andrew Coen November 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@Wayne Smith- That specific information was not provided. We will let you know if we find that out.
Wayne Smith November 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Andrew - Thanks. I would hope that the details could be made public asap. Obviously we're already four days into this mess and for many the recovery process has become agonizingly slow. So people are looking for anything indicative of an acceleration in progress. On the other hand, if what we're talking about here is a relatively small contingent from the Army Corps. of Engineers that will end up taking days to get into place there's the danger that expectations will get way ahead of reality.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
As well they are forecasting a POTENTIAL nor easter next week to effect the same areas hit by Sandy. It is imperative We help our neighbors that have been hit the worst in any way we can. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/02/14880382-near-freezing-temps-add-to-sandy-misery-potential-noreaster-looms?lite
Ozone Park Native November 02, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I do hope they're here to also get LIPA CEO's, CFO's and the rest of those figure heads off their backsides and out of their nice, warm, DRY houses to get power to these people !!!!!! Totally done with LIPA - Thomas Edison could work better than that group!
Bonnie Griffin November 02, 2012 at 11:00 PM
My husband has been working for the last 10 days including possibly sleeping in his office as the IT Chief for the Army Corp of Engineers.
NYC Teach November 02, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Pending Approval NYC Teach 7:07 pm on Friday, November 2, 2012 I'd like to start collecting clothing, blankets and other necessities for the Seaford Community. I will drop everything off at the Red Cross set up at the park so we are all not using our gas. Does this sound like a good idea. maybe the Seaford FireDepartment could let us use their space to organize? Anyone know any firmen that could help us out? Let me know ASAP. Between Facebook and The Patch we could get some thing up and running by tomorrow afternoon!
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
@ NYC teach contact me @ ljdcom@aol.com Count me in whatever you need -
Cindy November 03, 2012 at 03:39 AM
What many people whose house was flooded need right now are people to come and help them remove water soaked items, carpet, drywall, and doors. We need tools and man power to help us before our houses get even more damaged. A crew going house to house and doing this would be a tremendous help.
K November 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
My son and his friends would like to help. Please tell me where to bring them.
Cindy November 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Down island channel, 3 roads south off shore place, really anywhere south of bayview
Cindy November 03, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Thier help will be greatly appreciated, thank you so very much!

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