District employees support disaster relief efforts
Daniel Rice (right), Portland District rigger for The Dalles Lock & Dam: I deployed to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands as a temporary roofing quality control inspector, where I assessed eligibility, dimensions and materials to be applied to residential homes. Once work was completed on the homes, we inspected the temporary roof applied by the contractor. I found this mission both rewarding and challenging. Of course, the reward came from helping other Americans, especially folks who didn’t have the means to help themselves (families with kids and the elderly). As far as the challenge, the [residential] address system on St. Croix had almost no method due to several eras of land plats. Nothing was sequential and many times you could have 10 residences on one plot. People were very helpful, though, and most people in the neighborhoods knew who you were looking for. Sometimes it was just a matter of getting out of your truck and walking and talking with local people. The opportunity has rejuvenated my gratitude for the things I have in my life, and would go back to help again if the opportunity ever arose.

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