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Indiana rescue team heads home after storm aid

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Tom Neal Tom Neal
INDIANAPOLIS -

An urban search and rescue team from central Indiana has wrapped up its work on the streets of Long Island following the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Indiana Task Force 1 is expected to return to Indianapolis on Wednesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency activated the 80-member team last week after the storm hit the East Coast. The Indianapolis Fire Department leads the task force, which also includes police officers, doctors and medics from 22 central Indiana agencies.

Battalion Chief and Task Force 1 coordinator Thomas Neal says the team left New York on Tuesday morning.

"Some structures were marked as uninhabitable where there was enough damage that they weren't salvageable. So what we basically did on behalf of Nassau County, we went back through those areas and identified not only the homes that were structurally unsound but we also looked at locating those citizens that may or may not have vacated prior to the storm to ensure we had everyone accounted for," said Neal.

Neal said the support and resilience from the New Yorkers is something he will always remember.

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