SDR recently performed disaster recovery services for SCDOT. These services included the collection, hauling, reduction, recycling, and disposal of vegetative and construction and demolition debris. Services also included acquisition, preparation, management, and restoration of temporary debris management sites.
I wanted to take this opportunity to express to you, the gratitude that we have for SDR, during our recent disaster Hurricane Matthew. At this point all operation are complete. I realize times really got hard in the beginning trying to send everyone that needed to be placed in different locations. Especially, having to work with the State DOT Contract as well. I personally found it to be easier as time went on. When someone would call and tell me about a state road, I knew who the contact person was and this would take some of the burden off our DOT here in Hampton. Hampton is very small staffed and they were doing all they could. It was a mutual relationship between all parties, if they got a call on county roads they did the same thing.
Robert, ran a very tough shift here. He was in and out of the Emergency Operations Center. He kept Blake Hodge and myself updated each day with a visit or a phone call. In the event we were not here, he would speak to the Emergency Services Director or the County Adminstrator. I could not have asked for better representation for SDR. Mr. Al, Robert has truly worked hard, I would ride by the location where they were staying and see him with his papers giving orders for the next day. I was very pleased with Robert as was Hampton County. His manners and respect he has for people will carry him a long way in life. Thank you for all that was done here in our County. I sure hope we don’t have to do this anytime soon.
The debris removal project as a result of Hurricane Matthew was widespread throughout Beaufort County, NC, however, overall debris quantities were small to medium in size. Your company representative and sub-contractor representative worked smoothly with our self monitoring team and accomplished the debris removal task with professionalism. The monitors and debris removal supervisor have nothing but respect for the team you sent to Beaufort County. We thank you for your get-it-done approach to this Type 2 event. We feel very secure with SDR being our debris removal contractor moving into the future after this outstanding demonstration of coordination and effort. I also want to add that the Beaufort County NCDOT personnel are very pleased with the way SDR removed the debris from their right-of-way throughout all 927 square miles of Beaufort County.
In February 2014, much of the State of South Carolina was covered in a thick layer of ice, bringing down trees and power lines causing major disruption of services to residents. Aiken County was the hardest hit of the 22 counties that received federal disaster declarations, with our total cost of clean-up and recovery exceeding $30 million. Thankfully, due to our efforts to have SDR under contract, we were able to put [them] to work within hours after the storm passed. Your assistance in clearing roads enabled us to open lanes for emergency vehicles and utility trucks to get to citizens if needed. Further, after the initial “push” operation, the major task of collecting and disposing of the more than 1.5 million cubic yards of debris was done in a most efficient and professional manner. The crews and equipment [ SDR ] brought to bear on this project enabled us to recover from this disaster much faster than we could have ever believed would have been possible. Additionally, [their] familiarity with FEMA procedures and practices enabled us to get answers to cost recovery questions quickly and accurately. [Their] knowledge of FEMA’s approach to such matters made navigating that part of the recovery, while not without its challenges, much easier than it would have been otherwise. SDR made a disastrous situation manageable and [their] work was exemplary.