HURRICANE MATTHEW DEBRIS CLEARING – OCTOBER 2016
The Supreme Storm Services Disaster Recovery Team provided debris clearing services in the city of Sebastian, Florida following Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. As a category three storm, it left a trail of destruction in its wake that was felt along much of the Florida coast. The physical impact of the storm included fallen limbs and trees, home fragments, fences, and construction debris that needed to be cleaned up.
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Preparations began in earnest across the southeastern United States in early October as Hurricane Matthew approached, with several states declaring a state of emergency for either entire states or coastal counties; widespread evacuations were ordered for extensive areas of the coast because of predicted high wind speeds and flooding. As Matthew tracked parallel to the Florida coast, it left over one million people without power, with 478,000 losing power in Georgia and South Carolina. While damage was primarily confined to the coast in the Florida and Georgia, torrential rains spread inland in the Carolinas and Virginia, causing widespread flooding.
For the fourth time in its 45-year history, the Walt Disney World resort closed. Its theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs were closed at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 6, 2016. This was the first time since 2004 that the parks have closed, all instances due to hurricanes.er 5, Port Canaveral was closed by the U.S. Coast Guard, the first closure since 2004.
Early estimates indicate total economic losses of at least US $4–6 billion in the southeastern United States.
HURRICANE MATTHEW EMERGENCY FOOD CATERING SERVICES – OCTOBER 2016
The Supreme Storm Services Emergency Food Catering Services team sprung into action during the October storm. First responders and emergency management personnel were provided with meals as clean up services got underway.
OCTOBER SURPRISE SNOWSTORM 2011
A snowstorm in late October 2011 in the northeastern United States dropped wet, heavy snow on trees which had not shed their leaves. The storm toppled trees, downed power lines, and left hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity or heat for weeks. Tree branches, heavily laden with snow, broke, snapping power lines and other cables. Total snow depths topped two feet across portions of New England, while record-shattering snow hammered major North East cities including Washington DC and Philadelphia. Governors declared states of emergency in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York. In Connecticut, 750,000 homes and businesses went without electricity for an extended period, some up to 3 weeks. More than 650,000 lost power in Massachusetts. Those without electricity number 285,000 in New Hampshire and at least 150,000 in Maine. Earliest New York City one-inch snowfall since records began and only the fourth time since Civil War that snow has fallen in NYC in October.
On October 29, 2011 most of the state was blanketed by as much as 27 inches of wet snow from the Massachusetts Severe Storm and Snowstorm. This event generated massive amounts of hurricane-like vegetative debris. Supreme Storm Services received separate task orders from the state for emergency road clearance operations in 32 municipalities. Additionally, the state offered the contract to all municipalities and public agencies for large volume debris removal, management and disposal operations.
WINTER STORM PAX FEBRUARY 2014
On February 13, 2014, President Barack Obama declared 17 counties in South Carolina a disaster area after a petition from Governor Nikki Haley, making the state eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. The damage sustained in South Carolina was the worst since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The state lost 11 percent of its timber.
The Supreme Disaster Recovery team and its partners managed and processed 2.5 million cubic yards of green and wood waste in the FEMA approved ice storm clean up.
South Carolina counties served by disaster recovery team: