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Long Island towns, cities, villages mop up after storm

Town of Smithtown Highway Department crews worked overnight

Town of Smithtown Highway Department crews worked overnight Monday to clear snow from Main Street. The roadway was closed for most of the night. Credit: Stringer News / AJ Ryan

Municipal crews on Tuesday dug out or mopped up the remaining snow, ice and standing water still on roadways from Saturday’s storm:


Huntington Town officials called on residents to avoid worsening conditions by pushing snow from their driveways onto roadways and leaving cars parked on the streets.

“We have to go back and replow it and resalt it,” Superintendent of Highways Peter S. Gunther said Tuesday of snow from driveways shoveled into roads. “We went over some of those streets 10 times overnight.”

Some of the streets off New York Avenue in Huntington Station had only one-lane access because many cars were parked on both sides of the street, making it difficult for plows to get through, Gunther said.

“Today’s goal was to widen and clean the streets as fast as possible and any street that needed sand and salt, we’re catching up with that, Gunther said Tuesday.

Overnight and into this morning, Gunther said, Huntington Highway Department employees would also prioritize clearing the sidewalks in the downtown Huntington area.

Officials planned to use more than 20 dump trucks overnight last night to transport large piles of snow from around town to Mills Dam Park, where it will be left on the pavement to melt.



Hempstead Town officials completed most of their snow removal work by Tuesday but continued to respond to residents’ complaints.

From Friday night through Monday evening, about 400 town workers distributed 7,000 tons of salt and managed a fleet of 400 pieces of equipment, including payloaders and plows to clear more than two feet of snow and clean storm drains, towns spokesman Mike Deery said.

Officials monitored increased tidal surge along south shore communities, but the inundation was considered mostly minor and caused no significant flooding of homes.

Traffic and parking restrictions have been lifted throughout the town. — JOHN ASBURY


The snow mound higher and wider than a car that ran down the middle of Broadway in Amityville Monday — the product of a weekend’s plowing — was mostly gone Tuesday.

Crews from the village’s 22-person Department of Public Works shut the road overnight and attacked the mound with dump trucks and a backhoe, moving the snow to a lot on the mostly empty site of the former Brunswick Hospital north of downtown. Broadway, also known as Route 110, is a New York State road but the village plows its portion.

In other areas, “streets were looking OK” after weekend flooding along the waterfront that hampered initial recovery efforts, said trustee Dennis Siry. Workers are clearing corners where slush accumulates.

Siry and Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius identified one persistent problem: apartment complex managers and contractors dumping snow from parking lots and common areas onto the streets. The problem was especially bad on Greene Avenue and Park Avenue, Siry said, adding “It’s illegal, and doing so will result in a fine.”



North Hempstead town code enforcement officers continue to issue notices of violation while inspecting commercial sidewalks, handicapped parking spaces and fire zones in the Port Washington Parking District. Tuesday, they started issuing fines to anyone who had blocked a handicapped parking space, a town spokeswoman said.

The town’s commuter lots were almost clear Tuesday afternoon, officials said, and the remaining snow was to be removed Tuesday night and Wednesday and taken to a parking lot at North Hempstead Beach Park to melt. Snow previously moved to a lot on Haven Avenue will also be cleared to North Hempstead Beach Park.



Brookhaven Town Highway Department vehicles continued to plow streets early Tuesday, clearing the way for morning commuters to get to work.

“We wanted to be out treating roads before buses and cars hit the road,” Brookhaven Town Highway Department Superintendent Daniel Losquadro said.

At the peak of the storm on Saturday, Losquadro said the department had 250 plows, pickup trucks and pay loaders on the streets, many of which were having difficulty driving due to high winds and fast snow accumulation, he said. Another 600 contracted trucks also were plowing town streets.

He said it was too early to estimate potential road damage from the storm but that the department “hasn’t fielded many complaints.”

Losquadro said many streets were cleared multiple times for residents.

“It’s been a lot of work,” Losquadro said. — DEON J. HAMPTON


Long Beach officials held a special meeting Tuesday to retroactively declare a state of emergency from Saturday’s storm.

The city is still clearing snow from streets, using 45 pieces of equipment, including 13 sanders and salt to melt ice. Residential streets were still being plowed Tuesday, city spokesman Gordon Tepper said.

City workers monitored tidal surges along the canal streets and the northern bay front to Reynolds Channel but Long Beach did not sustain significant flooding during the storm.

In declaring the state of emergency, city officials cited the record snowfall, high tide flooding and gusts up to 55 mph during the height of the storm. The decision follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s declaration Saturday across Long Island.



Southampton Town tackled its many private roads by declaring a state of emergency to keep vehicles off the streets while 70 pieces of equipment, including 50 town plows and 20 plows from outside snow contractors, cleared the snow, according to Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Two accidents occurred in which motorists hit a town snow plow, but neither resulted in injuries. Schneiderman said there were also four “assists” with ambulances, during which plows paved the way to help emergency responders reach their destinations.

At least a dozen trees fell onto roads but they were quickly removed, Schneiderman said.

Dune Road west of Ponquogue Bridge to the Quogue Village line opened Tuesday, police said.

East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent Stephen Lynch said crews plowed 330 miles of road, with each of the main thoroughfares plowed six times and opened by Sunday afternoon.



Babylon Town’s major roads and most secondary roads were clear Tuesday and other roads passable, town spokesman Kevin Bonner said.

Efforts by town workers were focused Tuesday on salting roads that remained icy as well as working on widening corners, clearing storm drains, and removing large snow piles. The town had about 50 snow vehicles out, down from 120 at the height of the storm. The vehicles used Tuesday consisted mostly of salt trucks, smaller plow trucks that can navigate the side streets and payloaders to push large mounds of snow.

Bonner said the cleanup will continue Wednesday with crews plowing to the curb after residents have moved cars from roads.— DENISE M. BONILLA


Smithtown’s roads were all clear by Tuesday morning, but workers continued to salt streets and make sure roads remained safe.

“The roads are looking good,” Highway General Supervisor Bob Keenan said Tuesday afternoon. “There’s no really big remaining issues. We’re just cleaning up Kings Park downtown today and St. James.”

Town workers had started moving excess snow from piles around town to a field behind the Highway Department building where it could melt, Keenan said.

Smithtown officials had posted a message to residents on the town website in advance of the storm, asking them to remove vehicles, basketball hoops, garbage cans and other objects out of the roads and away from curbs to make it easier for plows to carve a broad path for vehicles.

Warmer temperatures were already making everyone’s job easier, Keenan said, adding “We love melting snow.”



The Town of Oyster Bay has not received reports of flooding from melting snow, Supervisor John Venditto said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Additional cleanup of roadways and commuter lots is ongoing and is expected to be completed shortly,” he said in the statement.

Venditto said the fact that the storm hit on a Saturday, when few people worked, helped plow crews because there was so little traffic on the road before and during the travel ban.

Venditto said most residents heeded his Friday robocall request to not park vehicles on the street, so crews could thoroughly plow the roads.



The Town of Islip continues to tackle some snow-covered roads in an effort to clear the last remnants of snow and slush, officials said Tuesday.

“We are happy to say that in the Town of Islip, we are tucking back corners and plowing up any residual snow that may have melted today and continuing with our salting and sanding operation,” Islip Town Spokeswoman Caroline Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

Flooding occurred along one or two roads near the south shore during the full moon phases and high tides, but “we are relived the flooding wasn’t as bad as was anticipated,” Smith said.

The warm temperatures and sunshine helped alleviate any icing issues and are helping with the snow melting, Smith said. No icing conditions persist and all roads are passable, Smith said.

“At this stage we are utilizing only town forces, cleaning up and assessing the remainder of what is left” from the storm,” Smith said.



Southold Town employees worked to shovel snow and ice from storm drains Tuesday.

Town highway superintendent Vincent Orlando said the department wanted to ensure melting snow or rain didn’t flood roadways because of clogged drains.

By Monday, town employees were putting the finishing touches on their road clearing effort, scraping snow and ice from “a few little spots” of the North Fork, Orlando said. Some shady roads had a lingering sheen of unmelted snow in some places, he said.

“If the sun had any contact with it on Sunday, it pretty much melted away,” he said. “By 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon the roads were bone dry.”

Forty-four Southold employees worked 26 hours straight, from 8 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday to sand and plow the streets, Orlando said.

Wind complicated their effort by blowing snow off farm fields and vineyards and back onto plowed roads, he said.

“Basically, you’re chasing the same snowflake over and over again,” he said.



Glen Cove city crews early Tuesday morning were busy clearing snow from catch basins in parts of the city vulnerable to flooding, trying to ensure water from melting snow wouldn’t inundate streets, Public Works director James Byrne said.

No problems with flooding were reported by later Tuesday, Byrne said.

During Saturday morning’s high tide, water from Long Island Sound breached bulkheads on East Island — also known as Morgan Island — and caused flooding on streets, he said. No damage to homes was reported. Flooding was less intense during Saturday night’s high tide, he said.

Byrne praised city crews for keeping city-maintained roads clear, and he lauded Nassau County workers for removing snow from the 21 county-maintained roads in Glen Cove.

In addition to using 30 city plows — and plows attached to pickup trucks and payloaders — the city rented three 10-wheeler trucks Sunday and Monday to clear snow from the sides of streets in downtown Glen Cove to free up parking spaces, Byrne said.


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