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DOT workers share stories of Superstorm Sandy

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: DOT workers share stories of Superstorm Sandy
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In the weeks following Superstorm Sandy, groups of people have traveled to help with the recovery efforts.DOT workers from the Southern Tier are coming home after clearing debris. Our Melissa Kakareka shows us how crews lent a helping hand.

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. -- When Superstorm Sandy made its way into New York, Southern Tier DOT workers wanted to do whatever they could to help the areas that were affected.

"I went down there. I volunteered to go down there to help. I like to help out. I worked for a fire department for 25 years, so it is what people do, help one another out, "said Highway Maintenance Worker Shane Ingraham.

About 50 people from the Department of Transportation's Region 9 office traveled to Long Island, New York City and other areas downstate over the past several weeks. Some helped transport equipment downstate.

"I took a lot of light plants and portable traffic lights down to Long Island. I took light plants to Citifield in New York," said Region 9 Tractor Trailer Operator James Stabler.

Others helped with things such as opening drainage intakes and clearing trees and debris. Some crew members were also stationed at staging areas such as Citifield.

"I was staged in a parking lot preparing equipment to make sure everything was ready to run so it could be sent back out," said MEMS1 Supervisor Stephen Holland.

The DOT says it's an example of the way the state shares resources in a disaster, similar to the way the Southern Tier received help during last September's flood.

"We found ourselves being the recipient of the department's ability to utilize the deployment of resources and sharing of information as we do. Certainly for us to reciprocate, our employees want to be able to provide that service to their coworkers’ downstate and to the public who so desperately needs them," said Region 9 DOT Director Jack Williams.

And for those that spent time in the affected areas, it was worth the long hours and hard work to help others who needed them.

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