Thalle Dives Into Hurricane Irene Clean-Up
October 8, 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on August the 27th, and tore along the eastern coast of the United States. By the morning of August the 28th, the storm was causing major damage in the northeast, including devastating floods in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.
The water supply system for the city of New York is managed by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC-DEP) and includes large reservoirs in the Catskills region of upstate New York. Flooding in the Catskills washed significant amounts of downed trees and other debris into the reservoir system, threatening contamination and clogging the intake structures at the reservoirs.
For Thalle, the disaster proved to be an excellent opportunity to display our rapid deployment capability. Thalle was contacted by the DEP on Thursday, September 1st, and awarded a contract for emergency debris removal on Friday the 2nd. In spite of it being a holiday weekend, Thalle had boots on the ground on September the 4th, and started surveying and clean-up operations on Monday the 5th.
As of this writing, Thalle has crews conducting major debris removal efforts at Ashokan Reservoir, Rondout Reservoir, and Schoharie Reservoir. As our operations and staff in the area continue to expand, we will adding Neversink and Pepacton Reservoirs to the list.
Thalle is proud to have been chosen to help New York and New York City recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene.