Delaware providing help in Hurricane clean-up efforts

A Del DOT convoy left Georgetown on Monday afternoon and is headed to Tallahassee, Florida to help in the clean up effort following Hurricane Irma.

25 Maintenance and Operations employees volunteered to deploy to Florida for up to 15 days to provide help in debris removal with loaders, chainsaws and skid steers.

Governor John Carney says, "Delaware was proud to be among the states offering assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. I'm grateful to the state employees and members of the National Guard who are serving our neighbors in Texas, South Carolina, and Florida as they begin the recovery process."

The State of Florida will pay back Del DOT for expenses incurred by Del DOT in this effort. Officials say that Del DOT also has a team of bridge inspectors ready because they may also leave for Florida in the following days to evaluate bridges affected by the Hurricane.

Moreover, the state of Delaware is continuing to support hurricane hit states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (E.M.A.C.) Last week, in addition to providing Delaware National Guard help to Texas, D.E.M.A. sent a small team to the State Emergency Operations Center in South Carolina in advance of forecasted impacts from Hurricane Irma.

E.M.A.C. is a mutual aid help agreement between the 50 states, District of Columbia, and territories. Under E.M.A.C., impacted states can ask for the deployment of personnel or equipment for specific functions. States that provide help are paid back by the requesting jurisdiction at amounts agreed upon before personnel or equipment is deployed.

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