Across the East End, which was spared last week from the worst impact of superstorm Sandy, officials and private groups reacted to Wednesday's nor’easter with a mixture of watchful precautions and keeping up normal behavior.
In Sag Harbor, officials canceled a special board meeting that had been scheduled for 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the village police department. The town board has been accepting bids from other police agencies that have offered to cover the village at a far lower cost than Sag Harbor spends to run the department.
But in Riverhead, the town board held its normal meeting Wednesday afternoon, one in which Mia Roces, 9, of Aquebogue, a fifth-grader at the Pulaski Street School, was Supervisor for the Day, and got to bang the gavel to open the meeting and hear a long and detailed explanation of why it was necessary to transfer funds to a self-insurance account operated by the town.
The Cross-Sound Ferry, which runs between Orient and New London, Conn., canceled service for Wednesday and Thursday, although the North Ferry and South Ferry that link Shelter Island to the rest of Long Island were running.
Many schools and churches canceled events Wednesday night, and the Suffolk County Historical Society canceled Thursday night’s wine tasting. Southampton Hospital ran its flu immunization clinic as scheduled.
In Westhampton Beach, where most of the storm debris of last week has already been cleared from the streets and working traffic lights give a sense of comfort and security, the leafless branches on the trees blew gently as a chilly rain fell, and Mayor Conrad Teller said there was little to do. He had enough time to get his car serviced.
As darkness fell in downtown Riverhead, the Peconic River swelled and flooded over the boardwalk behind the stores on East Main Street, meeting the puddles that already filled the low-lying parking lots. Work crews started to put up barriers in the same place where, last week, they were put up to keep unwary drivers out of the rising water.
Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst urged voluntary evacuation for people living in low-lying areas of East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Flanders, and voluntary firefighters and emergency service personnel went door to door urging people to leave. Temporary shelters were set up in Hampton Bays, Riverside and Southampton Village.
Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter urged drivers to limit travel overnight, and predicted that things would start improving by 4 a.m. Thursday.