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CDM Smith Provides Rapid Response to Hurricane Sandy Devastation

November 05, 2012

Passaic Valley Dewatering

CDM Smith, the global engineering and construction firm, is aiding the emergency response efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency in the New York and New Jersey area in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. CDM Smith began supporting the USACE “Task Force Unwatering” operations at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) wastewater treatment facility in Newark, New Jersey.

Hurricane Sandy inundated the PVSC wastewater treatment facility with more than 200 million gallons of floodwater (the equivalent of 5,000 swimming pools), rendering equipment inoperable. The plant serves more than 1.5 million people and is 1 of 11 high-priority flooded public facilities in the affected region.

CDM Smith immediately mobilized and deployed a team of engineers, operators and equipment (pumps, piping, generators, fuel) from across the region. We commenced unwatering within 8 hours of notification, with unwatering continuing 24 hours per day.

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