Oyster Bay supervisor: ‘New record’ for fallen trees

Frank and Rosemarie Tipaldo were enjoying a "romantic Frank and Rosemarie Tipaldo were enjoying a "romantic candlelit dinner" when a tree crashed through their home on Chelsea Drive in Port Washington. (Oct. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said town employees have moved Wednesday from rescuing people trapped by flood water to a "cut, clear and restore operation."

He said about 400 town employees have about 350 vehicles out working on storm cleanup, working from sunrise to sunset because it's too dangerous to work at night due to downed wires and branches. Most of the work is removing more than 1,000 reported fallen trees, he said.

"That's a new record,” Venditto said. “And it's continuing to climb because we haven’t heard from all areas yet."

"This storm was an equal-opportunity destroyer," Venditto continued. "It did not discriminate between North Shore and South Shore."

He suggested that children celebrate Halloween within their homes or if they have to go outside "to keep it very, very local. Trees are still in the process of falling in some areas."

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