|Hurricane Sandy impacted Service facilities from|
Maine to Virginia in late October. This photo is of
Wells Beach in Maine.
Hurricane Sandy began her tear up the east coast on October 29, 2012, affecting millions in her path. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took precautions to prepare for the superstorm and evaluate impacts to Service staff and facilities afterwards.
|Refuge staff board up the Kettle Pond|
visitor center in Rhode Island to prepare
for Hurricane Sandy.
After the storm, the Service quickly established an incident command center in Philadelphia as a central base of operations for storm recovery. As part of the emergency response, 45 trained Service specialists were deployed to help clear downed trees, open trails and roads, or provide law enforcement support on refuges to ensure public safety. Agency employees also delivered equipment and fuel to areas lacking these resources after the storm. A Service-operated helicopter flew aerial surveys along the coast during the week after Sandy to document damages.
|Sawyers clearing the road at Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge, part of the|
Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
The Service sustained an estimated $78 million in storm damages from Hurricane Sandy. After two storms impacted Service facilities and operations, Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy, the Service plans to rebuild impacted structures to be more resilient to future storms.
|North Hollow Road culvert before Tropical Storm Irene (left) and after it was replaced|
with an open arch culvert (right).
The North Hollow Road culvert on Marsh Brook in Rochester, Vermont, blew out during Tropical Storm Irene. With funding from the National Fish Passage Program, the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office worked with partners to replace emergency replacements with a single open arch culvert designed to pass future storm flows, sediment and debris. The replacement creates improved resilience for the road and native brook trout.
In Rhode Island, Hurricane Sandy washed out the only public road to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. The Service is working with the Federal Highway Administration and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to repair the road with structures that will help shield it against future storms.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hurricane Information Center