Local conservation team heads to NYC
A six-member AmeriCorps team from Wenatchee is one of eight conservation teams sent to New York City to assist with recovery from damage left by Hurricane Sandy.
The eight six-member teams are part of AmeriCorps’ Washington Conservation Corps and are trained in building trails, planting trees and recovery from floods, fires and other natural disasters. The teams have been working with the Washington State Department of Ecology. One team each will be sent from Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Yakima, Port Hadlock and Seattle, and three from Mount Vernon-Sedro Wooley. Teams left Wednesday from Ellensburg in trucks loaded with chainsaws, pumps, generators and other equipment, according to an Ecology news release.
Once they arrive in New York, crews will clear storm debris, place sandbags and install tarps on houses. They’ll also help set up and operate community shelters, distribute food, clothes and other supplies and access damage. Their work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.