The debris on Fire Island left by super storm Sandy will be done by a Central Islip company which has been awarded the $8.8 million project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
DS3 Enterprises Inc. will remove debris from right-of-way and from eligible private property, transport it off the barrier island, and dispose of it in a safe and environmentally sound manner, according to a press release issued Friday.
According to federal officials an estimated 2,200 homes sustained some form of damage from Sandy which Fire Island the south shore of Long Island in late October. The project will involve removing an estimated 82,500 cubic yards of debris.
"The debris removal mission will help citizens with their recovery efforts," stated Lt. Col. John Knight, New York Recovery Field Office commander in the release.
"It brings us another step closer toward completing the goal of assisting the greater Suffolk County area in dealing with the effects of this devastating storm."
DS3 Enterprises will also handle the separation and disposal of construction and demolition debris (including white goods and e-waste); disposal of vegetative debris; and sifting eligible sand.
"By awarding contracts to area businesses, affected local economies can begin their road to recovery as well," said Knight.
All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, according to officials, and hauling debris on the beach will be restricted after March 15 due to the nesting season of the Piping Plover bird.