Indiana Task Force Keeps Working To Help Hurricane Victims

Indiana Task Force One members say they are working to help get gas and sewer lines back up and running on the East Coast.

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Felled trees lay against a home in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Indiana Task Force One, the state‘s urban search and rescue team is in Nassau County, New York–an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. It is located on Long Island. Battalion Chief Tom Neal says the team is working to assess the damage.

“We‘re trying to work with the community in assessing what needs they have and also identifying any hazards associated with the storm as it came across,” he says. “Any gas, sewer is a big issue, now. They‘re trying to get the water and the sewer systems back up and running which they‘re finding some of those are breached.”

Neal says it is a densely populated area and living conditions for the residents are difficult. Neal told reporters they are looking at about 140 homes for a tenth-of-a-mile, so they are stacked right up against each other.

He says it is not the healthiest environment to be living in. The temperature was about 50 degrees Friday, and there has been no power for several days, plus sewer leaks out on the open. In addition, he said residents are getting frustrated with long lines at gas stations.

He says those stations and services that are operating under power or generator are able to sell the fuel. However, he adds they‘re running out because there‘s just not much of a supply chain.

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