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B'ville code enforcement officer helps with assessment efforts in Long Island

Hurricane Sandy left these bikes on Long Island buried in hard packed sand up to their seats.

Hurricane Sandy left these bikes on Long Island buried in hard packed sand up to their seats.

— Despite the damage inflicted by Sandy, there is a good prognosis for the area.

“According to local officials, the island should be close to 100 percent by this time next year,” Humphrey said. “It was said of the people that reside on the island that they are very resilient and will start rebuilding as soon as possible. The residents we met were already talking about moving the buildings back onto their foundations and rebuilding.”

CEDAR is part of a statewide coordinated effort with the Division of Homeland Security and the Office of Emergency Management to assist local municipalities with the assessment of property damage related to disaster. It consists of code compliance technicians, code enforcement officials from local municipalities, engineers, architects, fire service members and other certified individuals. Humphrey was happy to join the ranks.

“Being a code enforcement officer and having the knowledge of construction, I felt that it is my duty to assist municipalities and taxpayers by providing this service. I would hope for the same help if my municipality suffered from a disaster,” he said, adding that CEDAR is an important resource for areas affected by a natural or man-made disaster.

“Local municipalities become overwhelmed in cases of disaster and do not have the manpower to assess structural damage on a large scale,” he said. “As we have seen more of these storms and flooding in recent years, it is apparent that we need this inter-municipal cooperation more than ever.”

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