Superstorm Sandy Disaster Response

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused widespread water, electrical and structural damage to homes, businesses and national parks throughout New Jersey and New York. As part of our Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Removal Support Team Region 2 contract, Weston conducted damage assessments and restoration activities at affected sites while also responding to critical needs of the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Having mobilized key personnel less than two hours after notice to proceed, our teams inspected multiple facilities to assess damage and environmental impacts and recommend necessary actions. We procured specialty vendors for clean-up of sewage water; removed flood-related debris at multiple locations; supported the U.S. Coast Guard’s effort to remove leaking vessels and hazardous debris from waterways; and efficiently captured data for daily Federal Emergency Management Agency reporting/cost recovery.

A number of national parks were also affected, including historically significant units such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Fire Island National Seashore and Gateway National Recreation Area. Impacted areas contained mechanical, electrical and fire suppression systems; thousands of linear feet of ventilation ductwork; refrigerator systems; and concessions storage. Other impacted areas at ground-level included a wastewater treatment plant (Sandy Hook), park staff offices/residences, mechanical shops, waste storage areas, and a summer work staff dormitory. Weston began conducting damage assessments and restoration activities at these sites within seven days of the storm’s passage.

Our personnel also assisted the USPS with emergency power, facility damage assessments, and response actions. These efforts supported the USPS Hurricane Response Team in identifying storm-related impacts at 50+ Northeast facilities; prioritizing/tracking response work; and allowing USPS management to prioritize/focus on critical tasks related to business continuity and re-establishing mail delivery in impacted areas.