Missouri Task Force 1 performs search-and-rescue missions in New York

Friday, November 2, 2012 | 6:26 p.m. CDT
Missouri Task Force 1, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District, was deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Boone County Fire Twitter stream reveals an approximate trail to Long Island, N.Y., spanning over 1,000 miles.

COLUMBIA — Missouri Task Force 1 is now performing search-and-rescue missions in the town of Long Beach, an oceanside community at the southwestern edge of Long Island, N.Y.

According to the city's web site, recovery continues after Hurricane Sandy to restore water and sewer, the most critical priorities.

Task Force spokesman Gale Blomenkamp said the team was going house-to-house, performing rescues when necessary and ensuring total coverage of the area by using GPS tracking.

"They're checking around," Blomenkamp said. "They're checking on people and making sure they're OK."

The task force left Columbia early Tuesday, bound for Herndon, Va. While en route, they were reassigned to McGuire Air Force Base south of Trenton, N.J.

They traveled to Flushing, N.Y., on Thursday before moving to Long Beach on Friday.

Blomenkamp said the task force will await instruction from Federal Emergency Management Agency with regard to further missions or deployments. 

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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