Maryland first responders return from Sandy recovery efforts
Dozens of Montgomery County rescue workers are back home after more than a week on disaster recovery mode.
"Maryland Task Force 1" spent the time up north helping those reeling from Hurricane Sandy.
"Picture yourself right now where you are watching without heat, with no roof, with no doors, with no windows and your children sitting around you," said Scott Graham with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service,
It's a nightmare situation Graham witnessed after Superstorm Sandy walloped the Northeast. Graham and his team gave up sleep for service.
"Vehicles were moved throughout the streets. Some flipped over...stacked on top of each other. There were telephone poles that we found through houses," Graham recalled.
For nine days, the 80 member team took part in hundreds of water rescues, searched more than 1,000 homes and sifted through endless debris. They also delivered food, water and blankets to all those without supplies.
Graham said, "You can never compare two disasters like this so you can't say it's exactly like this storm or that storm, but it was such a large area...It was very 'Katrina-esque.'"
Cities shaken by Mother Nature but not broken.
Many of those still out on the streets helping build the Big Apple back up are victims themselves.
"There were over 450 fire department New York City members who lost everything, but there were still on the rigs and they were still there fighting fires...," Graham said.
There is still a huge need for help.
Red Cross and the Salvation Army are among the many charities taking in donations.
You can also donate blood as many blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so no there's a shortage.
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