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Fallen trees major problem for Huntington

Town of Huntington workers cut up trees downed

Town of Huntington workers cut up trees downed by Hurricane Irene on Catherine Street in Northport. (Aug. 28, 2011) Credit: John Dunn

Supervisor Frank Petrone said Sunday that the major problem the town faced was felled trees.

"I rode through the town and it's trees," he said. "The major problem is trees blocking roads."

He said the town is coordinating with LIPA for tree removal. He said highway crews are out and also the town contracted with private tree removal companies to work to clear debris. He thought the problem would have been flooding, but "this storm surprised us" and the tides receded early.

Petrone said extra crews will also be out Monday. Most major roads were cleared by Sunday afternoon and the secondary roads were also being worked on Sunday. He is planning a meeting at 7 a.m. Monday to develop a strategy.

He does not have an estimate of how much this would cost the town and said he was hoping that costs would be covered by federal aid as the region was declared an emergency. Petrone expects everything to be back to normal in about a week. He said he hadn't heard about any major injuries due to the storm.

He said the beaches appeared not to be too damaged and the town had five amphibious trucks on hand in case they would have had to make water rescues.

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