Clay Fire Captain returns after helping Sandy victims

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email
The team arrived home Saturday after spending several days on the east coast.

Backhoe operator Keith Henry levels a storm-damaged home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The splintered plywood, mangled appliances and sodden sheetrock, as well as shreds of clothing and family photos will be added to the increasing piles of rubble being cleared in New York as the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy continues. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Clay Fire Territory Captain Andrew Roberts returned Saturday after spending his Thanksgiving away from home.

Roberts was helping families devastated by Superstorm Sandy. He is part of Indiana's Incident Management Team. The team arrived home Saturday after spending several days on the east coast.

Roberts was in Long Beach, Long Island, for 14 days. He helped clear debris and helped with anything else those without heat, water and electricity needed.

He says the damage from Superstorm Sandy is much more widespread than what is seen from tornadoes in the Midwest.

"We saw areas that had been flooded as much as ten feet high and areas that were flooded with only as much as one foot," he said, "However, that was the entire barrier island that had flooded from one end to the other. So there were virtually no one or nothing that hadn't been touched or damaged by the storm. "

One of the team's last tasks was to put together a Thanksgiving meal for the community. The group was able to feed 1600 people who otherwise would have not had a holiday meal.

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