Corps of Engineers sends Walla Walla District support teams back east

Corps of Engineers sends Walla Walla District support teams back east
Special sensors on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this view of the storm and the East Coast of the United States as lit by moonlight. Photo courtesy: NASA's Earth Observatory

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sending fifteen employees to the east coast to help FEMA provide support to residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

The emergency power team members will help in Rhode Island Massachusetts and Connecticut. An emergency power expert also departed Sunday to an emergency operations center in Philadelphia.

The Walla Walla District is home to two of the Corps' seven power teams who are ready to deploy for public works and engineering support. The team is made up of volunteers who can provide backup electricity.