A Delaware Department of Transportation convoy departed from Georgetown to Tallahassee, Florida, on Sept. 11 to assist in the cleanup effort following Hurricane Irma.

Twenty-five maintenance and operations employees volunteered to deploy to Florida for up to 15 days to provide assistance in debris removal with loaders, chainsaws and skid steers.

The state of Florida will reimburse DelDOT for expenses incurred by DelDOT in this effort. DelDOT also has a team of bridge inspectors on standby who may also depart to Florida to evaluate bridges impacted by the hurricane.

Additionally, the state of Delaware continues to support hurricane-hit states through the

Emergency Management Assistance Compact. In addition to providing Delaware National Guard assistance to Texas, DEMA sent a small team to the State Emergency Operations Center in South Carolina in advance of forecasted impacts from Hurricane Irma.

EMAC is a mutual-aid assistance agreement between the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories. Under EMAC, affected states can request the deployment of personnel or equipment for specific functions. States that provide assistance are reimbursed by the requesting jurisdiction at amounts agreed upon before personnel or equipment is deployed.