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Wallops Completes Initial Assessment After Hurricane Sandy
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – An initial assessment team surveyed roads and facilities at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility today reporting a number of downed trees but otherwise minimal impact in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Officials are crediting a recently completed beach replenishment project for minimizing Sandy’s impact to critical launch facilities on Wallops Island.

“The new beach took a lot of energy out of the waves as they came in,” said Glen Liebig, Wallops chief of safety. “It did exactly what it was designed to do.”

While the initial assessments look good, facility, road and beach inspections will continue in the following days. The base remains closed today, Oct. 30; only essential personnel on file with the Wallops Security Office are being granted access.

At Sandy’s peak, wind gusts topped out around 75 miles per hour both on Wallops Island and the main base area; sustained winds were around 60 miles per hour.

Wallops officials are reminding all base employees to monitor the primary information call-in lines (757-824-1000 and 757-824-1176) for more information about Wednesday, Oct. 31, reporting instructions.