Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Southern New England Spring Flood – 2010
EPA prepared for an as-needed hazardous materials response for the severe flooding that occurred in Southern New England in the spring of 2010. Since March 29 of that year, up to 8 inches of rain were reported in sections of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and parts of Maine. Several rivers were at, or near, historic high levels. Roads were flooded, bridges were damaged, and several chemical facilities were impacted.
EPA assigned two on-scene coordinators to operate out of Rhode Island's Emergency Management Agency and with the Environmental Recon Information Teams to assess threats, or potential threats, of releases of oil and hazardous materials from facilities impacted by the floods. Over 30 chemical storage facilities were assessed, and four required action. EPA worked with the Coast Guard to include deployment of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Strike Team. Eight members of the Strike Team were deployed to the Rhode Island EMA to assist as part of the Recon Information Team. EPA deployed a GIS technical support person to the RI EMA, a community right to know support person and a third on-scene coordinator to provide debris management support.
Location: Rhode Island
Start date: 04/01/2010
End date: 04/05/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (firstname.lastname@example.org)