Agency Hurricane Sandy efforts turn to restoring power, bridges and roadways
Federal Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts turn to reconstruction with the dispersal of funds and deployment of teams to address infrastructure concerns.
The Labor Department gave a $15,591,400 National Emergency Grant to New Jersey on Nov. 2 for infrastructure repairs and related jobs. This followed a Nov. 1 $27,792,296 grant to New York.
Transportation has released a series of emergency funds to states to begin infrastructure repairs: $2 million to Connecticut, $10 million to New Jersey, $10 million for New York, $4 million to North Carolina, and $3 million for Rhode Island. The funds will be used largely for repairs to bridges, roads and tunnels.
Fuel restrictions have been eased for affected states. Transportation has lifted hours-of-service restrictions (how long drivers can be behind the wheel) and other regulations for those providing direct emergency relief, such as delivering generators and fuel.
The Environmental Protection Agency has waived clean gasoline regulations for fuel sold or distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
The Energy Department is providing other agencies with diesel for emergency equipment, generators, and other resources being used to rebuild the power grid in impacted areas.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has nearly 1,000 service members deployed to assist with debris removal and other services. Roughly 7,400 National Guard members are on hand to clear routes, destroy debris, deliver equipment, and provide engineering support.
The Army Corps of Engineers has installed 67 generators and made 243 infrastructure assessments as of 8 p.m. on Nov. 5. Efforts from the Transportation Command include the delivery of more than 120 power restoration vehicles and nearly 200 technical personnel to New York.
Even trade has begun to resume in the area.
Customs and Border Protection has resumed inspections of cargo containers at the Port of New York and New Jersey, and processed passengers on international flights at JFK and Newark International Airport.