A historic tow: Cleaning up after Sandy
Owner Brett Relyea, of Relyea's towing, received a phone call from Insurance Company Auto Auction to travel to New York City to assist in clearing damaged and disabled vehicles out of the city following Hurricane Sandy. Relyea deployed his trucks to New York City immediately, and recruited Corey Relyea, of Action Towing, to go down to New York City with his workers Matt Rhodes, and two other drivers.
Relyea put everything on hold in Owego in order to deploy trucks and assist with the horrific mess created by Hurricane Sandy. According to Corey Relyea, they worked 12 to 15 hour days, seven days a week for approximately two months.
The crew hauled everything from taxi cabs and fire department vehicles, to motorcycles and flooded cars - still with gallons of water in them. The crews did everything they could to help as they remembered it was not too long ago that the Southern Tier of New York and Northeast Pennsylvania had streets that looked similar. "It really hit home for us," said Corey Relyea upon his recent return.
He added that they tried to comfort the owners of the vehicles as much as they could as they recalled what their friends and families felt like after they lost everything they owned.
Relyea's Towing and Action Towing are local companies, working in and around Tioga County, N.Y.