BROOKLYN, New York – Sixty large dump trucks are now moving 150,000 cubic yards of debris from New York City to disposal sites around the city. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is overseeing this Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-assigned mission.
The debris being removed from neighborhoods includes white goods (e.g., refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners), electronics, household hazardous waste chemicals, and trash. The material is being removed, reduced and disposed of.
FEMA has issued a total of three mission assignments for debris removal in New York and New Jersey to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in response to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. USACE crews hit the ground running on Monday morning to begin clearing storm-damaged areas.
The other two assignments for direct federal assistance call for USACE debris experts to work with commercial contractors and local officials to clear debris in support of New York and New Jersey power companies.
The contract for debris removal in New York City is valued at $5 million.