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Hurricane Sandy Service Announcement

Posted on 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy Service Announcement

UPDATED: 31st October 00:44 UTC - details at bottom of page

Due to Hurricane Sandy impact in the USA there have been road, port and airport closures and local restrictions that may disrupt freight services in the effected east coast states including: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington D.C.

We are committed to the service we provide to our customers; freight will be secure at our local branches and we will be moving freight when it is safe to do so and local businesses re open.

Use the freight tracking on our website to obtain up to date statuses on your Hurricane Sandyfreight movements coming into or leaving the east coast. We will supply more information on specific impact as it comes to hand.

For any other information feel free to contact one of our team members.

 

EMERGENCY LOGISTICS UPDATE

We are currently in a State of Emergency in our Elizabeth, (EWR) New Jersey branch. Hurricane Sandy has had significant impact in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut areas. We remain in a dangerous situation with wind, flood, power and structural issues throughout the region. State and local agencies expect outages to continue for weeks. The airports or LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty are closed or in limited operations. The sea ports of NY/NJ remain closed.

Attention New York (City) and New Jersey Clients:

All calls into the Elizabeth, New Jersey main office line: 908-527-1010 - will be rolled into our Albany, NY branch

Emails are being directed as follows:

All domestic shipments /issues/services will be temporarily managed by the Mainfreight service center in Phoenix, AZ

Email: msc.domestic@mainfreightusa.com

Point of Contact: Pat Kirwan (Branch Manager) Pat.kirwan@mainfreightusa.com

Branch Phone Number: 602-232-5700

All international shipments/issues/services will be temporarily managed by our Albany, NY branch

Email: alb.import@mainfreightusa.com / alb.export@mainfreightusa.com

Point of Contact: Bryce Hicks (Branch Manager) – bryce.hicks@mainfreightusa.com – 518-389-4127

Branch Phone Number: 518-783-6144

All logistics matters should be directed to Dallas Wymes (Vice President of Logistics Services for the USA Group)

Email: dallas.wymes@mainfreightusa.com – 214-578-1111

If Dallas is not available you can contact: Nathan Chaney

Email: nathan.chaney@mainfreightusa.com – 310-982-5491

The storm was once Hurricane Sandy but combined with two wintry systems to become a huge hybrid storm whose center smashed ashore late Monday in New Jersey. New York City absorbed the worst of its storm surge — a record 13 feet.

The storm surge set records in Lower Manhattan, where flooded substations caused a widespread power outage. In New York, lower Manhattan's Battery Park recorded nearly 14-foot tide. The city had already halted service on its bus and train lines, closing schools and ordering about 400,000 people out of their homes in low-lying areas of Manhattan and elsewhere. The NYC transit system remains closed.

Additional Details

  • Gov. Cuomo of New York indicated JFK airport could re-open Wednesday, but La Guardia to remain closed because of damage.
  • FEMA will send “un-watering” teams to help pump water from tunnels.
  • Gov. Christie of New Jersey confirmed 2.4 million households without power in New Jersey - twice the number who lost electricity during Hurricane Irene.

Additional Information:

NEW JERSEY

  • Sandy has killed at least three in the Garden State, which also had the biggest loss of electricity.
  • A dam or levee broke early Tuesday in the town of Moonachie in Bergen County and rescues are under way in Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt. Thousands of people may be in need of rescue, she said. People are standing on their roofs.
  • Several feet of water flooded parts of Atlantic City on Monday, and authorities worked to evacuate hundreds of people from West Atlantic City, where waters were "dangerously high," said Linda Gilmore, a spokeswoman for Atlantic County.
  • Half the city of Hoboken is flooded, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. The city of 50,000 has had to evacuate two of its fire stations.
  • New Jersey Transit will remain suspended indefinitely.

CONNECTICUT

  • The death toll has risen to two, according to state police spokesman
  • Utilities said 618,631 customers were without power.

For immediate information and additional details – please contact tom.valentine@mainfreightusa.com.