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Jan 25, 2015 2:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Travel Restrictions Lifted But Residents Asked To Stay Off Roadways As Recovery Continues

Jan 31, 2015 8:42 AM

UPDATE: Wednesday, noon.

All of the emergency declarations and travel restrictions in East End municipalities are to be lifted by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Please check back with 27east.com for continued updates on school schedules and municipal services.

Highway crews in Southampton and East Hampton towns will continue to clear roadways, including unimproved roads, throughout Wednesday and Thursday and officials are continuing to ask residents to avoid traveling by vehicle unless absolutely necessary.

Across the region, people are digging out from beneath a blanket of nearly 30 inches of snow in many places.

"We sold a season's worth of shovels in one day," Westhampton TrueValue Hardware owner Ted Jankowski said. "Even if we had a tractor trailer loaded with shovels we would have been able to sell through them all."

Mr. Jankowski said he was able to dig out the parking lot of his Montauk Highway store and open up by noon on Tuesday, but business was almost non-existent, something he attributed to people following travel warnings. The hardware store was able to replenish its depleted stock of shovels on Wednesday morning.

Although he felt the storm itself was similar to other recent weather events, Mr. Jankowski said the timing is what set this snow storm apart.

"I guess just the fact that we hadn’t had anything til now made it stand out," he said. "Nothing through November, December and all the way until the end of January where we get this big snow fall. It was just a surprise because it was the first real snowfall of the winter."

The forecast of snow for Tuesday that was upgraded to a blizzard of dire proportions caused a small flurry of panic on a mountain in Vail, Colorado, where some members of the Long Island East Ski Club were staying in close touch with pet-sitter Claire Frank in Hampton Bays.

The home which Claire was staying in to care for two large dogs was a short walk to another home with one cat that belonged to a worried owner also with the club in Vail.

The third home, on a private road a distance away was the problem. Of the two cats there, one has an eating disorder that demands monitored meals twice a day--automatic feeders wouldn't work.

So what to do? She couldn't bring the two cats into the home with the two dogs, so Claire, who is devoted to her charges, called a friend for reinforcement.

After many trips to two cars carrying cans of food, toys, litter, four sleeping cubbies and their favorite green beans the move was made to a home with the owner in residence.East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village facilities remain closed today. Southampton Town Hall and other town facilities will open at noon.

UPDATE: Wednesday 8 a.m.

Police and highway crews say that increased traffic on roadways Wednesday morning is slowing clean up efforts across the South Fork.

Southampton Town lifted its travel ban at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning but East Hampton is still prohibiting travel townwide for non-emergency situations.

"There are too many people out this morning and it is making work for the plows difficult," East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. "Vehicles are spinning out and getting stuck, slowing down the progress of road clearing and diverting emergency workers from their essential duties."

East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village facilities remain closed today. Southampton Town Hall and other town facilities will open at noon.



UPDATE: Tuesday 8 p.m.

Southampton Town will lift its state of emergency order at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning and Southampton Town Hall and all other town facilities will open at noon on Wednesday.

Until the state of emergency is lifted, travel on town roadways for non-emergency purposes is still prohibited.



UPDATE: Tuesday 2 p.m.

Local officials are continuing to implore residents not to drive during the day on Tuesday or overnight except for emergency situations, as plow crews continue to try to clear roads of more than 20 inches of snow.

All of the area's municipalities are still operating under a state of emergency, which prohibits any car traffic other than emergency and service vehicles.

With snow continuing to fall on Tuesday afternoon and expected to continue until after dark, highway crews are working to keep highways and main thoroughfares clear while opening more secondary roads that are still clogged with deep snow.

"People really need to just say off the roads today and tonight and tomorrow," East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch said. "People are shoveling out their driveways and parking their cars on the street and the plows have to go around them. It slows everything down. Just stay home, stay inside, and let us finish."

As much as 30 inches of snow fell in parts of the South Fork, with light to moderate snowfall expected to continue until early evening.

With the cleanup expected to last for most of the week, police officials assured residents that emergency crews will be able to reach them.

"We understand there are residents anxious to see their road cleared," East Hampton Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. "But many side roads will not be reached today. We will reach you in the event of an emergency, as our first responders are paired up with plows if needed. This is a significant event, and we ask our citizens to be patient in the interest of public safety."



UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

That National Weather Service says that heavy snowfall can be expected to continue for the next few hours in some places and that periodic snow will continue until after dark tonight. Because of high winds, the NWS says that a blizzard warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

Both South Fork towns are still under a state of emergency and travel on roadways is prohibited.

As much as 24 inches of snow had been recorded in places on the South Fork by 9 a.m., according to National Weather Service meteorological data, and some areas are believed to have recieved as much as 30 inches in total.

"Snow will continue to fall for the rest of the day with heavy snow at times," National Weather Service meteorologist John Murray said. "As we get into the afternoon, for the most part we'll see light to moderate snowfall."Another two to three inches across most of the South Fork is likely for the remainder of the day.

Main roadways continue to be hazardous due to blowing snow and drifting that continues to build up between passes by snowplows, blocking lanes of traffic in areas near open fields like farms.

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said that much of Sunrise Highway, Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, Scuttlehole Road in Brigehampton, Deerfield Road in Water Mill and Lewis Road in East Quogue continue are experiencing drifting that is hazerdous to vehicles.

Winds gusted over night to more than 60 miles per hour in Westhampton Beach and in Montauk.



UPDATE: Tuesday, 9 a.m.

The East End received the brunt of the storm overnight and forecasters predicted that some areas of the South Fork are going to receive more than 30 inches of snow by the time the storm clears early Tuesday afternoon. Snow is expected to continue accumulating until early afternoon.

The snow has stranded motorists who ignored travel prohibitions and hampered emergency response to medical calls as many roads have been rendered impassable, even to snow plows.

A complete travel ban is still in effect across the entire South Fork and police are warning that motorists who become stranded may not be reachable by emergency vehicles.

"Even large 4x4's are having difficulty getting out of side roads," East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. "There is white-out conditions, poor visibility and drifting blocking some roadways. Highway crews had to break due to conditions from about 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. They are out working hard now, but we need motorists to stay off the roads and let the crews work uninterrupted."

Forecasters say that another 8 to 10 inches is expected across most of the region with moderate to light snow continuing to fall until about noon.

PSEG has not reported any current power outages on the South Fork.

Heavy snow and strong winds forced snow plows off of local roads across most of the region in the early morning hours and it may be several hours before most secondary roads get plowed. Most roads other than main highways have not been plowed since shortly after midnight, according to highway superintendents, and may not be passable.

“It has been completely white out conditions for the past two hours,” Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said at about 6 a.m. “When the [plow] drivers can’t see they go fast enough to push the snow. We’ve gotten 20 inches in some places already and the forecasters say we’re going to get maybe another 8 [inches] still to come.”

Weather radar overnight showed that one of the heaviest bands of snow produced by the storm settled over western Southampton Town for much of the early morning, between Westhampton and Tuckahoe. Forecasters say that the entire East End has received at least 12 inches of snow thus far and in the neighborhood of 18 inches in most places.

Snowfall was expected to taper off sometime after 11 a.m.

Mr. Gregor said that his plows have assisted ambulance and police in three emergency calls overnight and in clearing several abandoned cars that had become stranded. Plowing efforts were reduced to only main highways after about 4 a.m., Mr. Gregor said, but with daylight he expected that crews would be able to branch out more.

UPDATE: Monday 7 p.m.

Forecasters have again upped their predictions for total snowfall from tonight’s storm somewhat as heavy snow is expected to begin within the hour on the South Fork, according to meteoroligists at the National Weather Service.

Montauk could see wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour during the overnight hours.

As the first intense bands of snow approach the region off the Atlantic, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered that a total travel ban be imposed across most of Long Island and downstate New York starting at 11 p.m. The governor also has announced that the Long Island Rail Road will halt service at 11 p.m.

All of the East End’s municipalities had already ordered all travel to halt by 7 p.m. except in emergency situations.

Forecasters are now saying that snowfall totals by tomorrow afternoon will likely reach 24 inches across most of the South Fork, with the possibility of considerably higher amounts in some areas. Winds will reach 40 mph with gusts reaching 60 across most of the South Fork and as much as 70 mph in Montauk.

“Around 24 inches is what we’re thinking, but you could see more, even up to 36 inches, if some of the intense bands remain stationary after coming over land,” meteorologist Joe Pollina said on Monday evening. “We’re looking at a band of heavy snow making its way onto Long Island in the next hour, with white out conditions and we could see some incidences of thunder.”

UPDATE: Monday 3 p.m.

Every East End municipality has declared a state of emergency for the overnight hours of Monday night and Tuesday morning as the storm is expected to drop between 18 and 24 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon.

Under those emergency declarations, all travel for non-emergency purposes is prohibited on all roads and highways and parking is prohibited on streets and in municipal parking lots. Motorists can be ticketed for driving during the state of emergency for circumstances other than emergencies.

Vehicles parked on roadways and public lots will be ticketed and towed or moved by heavy equipment so that lots can be cleared of snow.

As reports of car accidents mounted on Monday afternoon, municipal officials warned that driving during the storm, aside from the natural hazards, can be particularly dangerous as plows clear roadways in low visibility.

Both Southampton Town and East Hampton Towns have made preparations to have shelters open during the overnight hourse.

The East Hampton Town Senior Center on Springs-Fireplace will be open all night.

Southampton Town’s Senior Center in Hampton Bays will be open on an as-needed basis. Residents who think they may need assistance or shelter in the next 24 hours are asked to call the town at 729-1235 and inform them of an anticipated need.

“If you have any concern you should get yourself there tonight,” Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said. “It is going to take us longer to plow everything out than it it would after a typical snow storm so it could be an extended period if someone is in need of assisstance.”



UPDATE: Monday 2 p.m.

The Hampton Jitney will suspend service to and from Manhattan during the height of the storm tonight and tomorrow.

The last westbound bus to Manhattan will leave East Hampton at 2:50 p.m. and Southampton at 3:30 p.m. The last eastbound bus out of Manhattan will leave 40th Street at 7 p.m. tonight. Until then, regular service will continue.

Service to Manhattan will resume at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, pending weather developments. The first eastbound trip out of Manhattan tomorrow will be 2 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a state of emergency for all of Long Island and downstate New York and has warned that as the storm intensifies major state highways, like the Long Island Expressway, could be closed until snowfall lessens or halts.

The state has also warned that the Long Island Rail Road is expected to halt all service at 11 p.m. tonight.

Southampton Town has issued some additional special services information for residents. Anyone with special medical needs should call 631-728-1235 before 5 PM if assistance is needed. Residents with pets to shelter should call 631-728-7387 before 5 PM.

Power outages should be reported to PSEG at1-800-490-0075.

Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore declared a state of emergency in the village at 2 p.m. on Monday because of the snow storm conditions.

The Westhampton Beach Police Department urged residents to stay off the roads to make way for plows and emergency service vehicles.



UPDATE: Monday 11:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service says that forecast models are now predicting that the East End of Long Island will receive at least 18 inches of snowfall by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Additionally, high winds gusting to more than 65 mph are expected, creating whiteout conditions, deep drifting of snow, beach erosion and coastal flooding.

“We’re looking at about 2 feet likely … the minimum we think is 18 to 20 inches,” NWS meteorologist Jim Connolly said. “Confidence is very high on this. There’s pretty much no escaping this one, it looks like.”

Predictions were lowered slightly Monday morning because computer models were showing that a stream of dry air would likely be drawn into the storm as it moves up the coast—a condition created, ironically, by the fact the storm’s expected intensity has increased—interrupting snowfall for a period, Mr. Connolly said.

Heavy snowfall was expected to begin on the East End by 4 p.m. Monday, with the most intense snowfall rates, upward of 2 inches per hour, coming late tonight and through tomorrow morning. The heavy snowfall was expected to end by about noon Tuesday as the storm moves off the coast.

A state of emergency will go into effect in East Hampton Town and village at 4 p.m. Monday and in Southampton Town at 7 p.m. Travel on local roadways will be prohibited for reasons other than emergencies. Town plows will also be authorized to plow private roads, though during the height of the storm, plows will be focusing on primary roads and highways.

Local highway crews have warned that even after the snowfall has stopped on Tuesday, high winds will mean roads that border open spaces, like farm fields, could become clogged quickly with drifting snow.

The strong winds were also expected to result in severe beach erosion along the Atlantic beaches. Storm surge levels are expected to be 2 to 3 feet above normal. Some coastal flooding can be expected in low lying areas of the bay front but extreme flooding is not expected.

UPDATE: Monday 10:30 a.m.

Southampton Village will be in a state of emergency as of 7 p.m. Monday, meaning all cars must be off of the roads by that time. Cars are also not allowed to be parked on the roads, to make it easier for snow removal.

UPDATE: 7:45 P.M. Sunday

Noting that as much as four inches of snow an hour could start falling by early Monday afternoon, and with the National Weather Service now estimating that snowfall totals could exceed three feet on Long Island, Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging commuters to consider staying at home on Monday.

In a press release issued Sunday evening, Mr. Cuomo warned that expected zero-visibility conditions could make traveling treacherous ahead of the Monday evening commute. As a result, many state arteries—including the Long Island Expressway—could be closed prior to the evening rush hour.

Therefore, the governor is urging commuters to either work from home on Monday or plan to leave work early, before the storm intensifies.

“The incoming winter storm is forecasted to hit the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island beginning first thing tomorrow, with the heaviest snow starting in the afternoon at a rate of one to four inches an hour,” Mr. Cuomo said in a prepared release. “As a result, commuters should consider working from home on Monday if possible to avoid disruptions from likely road and public transportation closures.

“New York State is taking all necessary precautions to prepare for this storm,” he continued, “and I urge residents to put safety first and plan ahead to protect themselves and others throughout the duration of this snowstorm.”

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning that is effective starting at 1 p.m. Monday and expected to continue until midnight on Wednesday.

UPDATE: 5:30 P.M. Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, PSEG Long Island issued a press release stating that it has already requested the assistance of 400 additional mutual assistance linemen, 170 of whom are supposed to arrive from the Midwest tonight. The remainder are supposed to start heading for Long Island on Monday morning.

Additionally, the utility will keep three customer outreach centers open, including the one located at 117 Doctors Path in Riverhead. The facility will be staffed and stocked with bottled water and charging stations so customers can charge their cellphones and other portable devices.

“At PSEG Long Island, safety is always our top priority and we urge our customers to be prepared and to stay safe during this major winter weather event,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution at PSEG Long Island, in a prepared statement. “The blizzard conditions will make working and traveling difficult for our crews to get around and safely respond to any outages. We will respond as quickly and safely as possible but ask our customers for their patience and understanding.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075. They can also check for updates by visiting the utility’s online outage map at https://www.psegliny.com/c.cfm/Outage.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The East End could see up to two feet of snow by Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service forecast, which is calling for the snowstorm to begin at around 1 p.m. Monday.

The weather service is calling for one to three inches of snow by Monday afternoon, with a 70 percent chance of precipitation and wind gusts of up to 23 mph. But both precipitation amounts and wind speeds are predicted to pick up by Monday night, according to the service’s website, with gusts as high 49 mph and an additional 10 to 16 inches of accumulation possible.

By mid-day Tuesday, the area will likely see another five to nine inches of snow, with wind gusts nearing 50 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Come Tuesday night, another one to three inches of snow could fall across the East End and most other parts of Long Island.

“Today we’re checking out the equipment, making sure everything is good to go,” East Hampton Highway Superintendent Stephen Lynch said on Sunday afternoon. “Tomorrow morning we have a meeting at 10 a.m. and we’ll have a better idea of the forecast and when we should start salting and plowing.”

Mr. Lynch said those driving on Town Lane in Amagansett and along Main Street in Wainscott should be especially careful because snowdrifts tend to accumulate on those roads. “People should just stay off the roads and let the guys do their job,” he said.

Those driving through Southampton Town are also advised to stay off the roads come Monday night and into Tuesday, according to Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor.

“If you can work around this storm, I’d take advantage of tomorrow,” he said on Sunday. “Your prescriptions, your groceries, anything you might need before the end of tomorrow, make a point to get it. If you don’t have to be on the road, please don’t.”

Mr. Gregor said that approximately 50 pieces of snow-removal equipment will be dispersed between five different locations by Monday afternoon; he anticipates having a more concrete plan for salting and sanding by Monday morning.

“We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” he said.

The storm has not yet been deemed a snow emergency by Southampton Town, Mr. Gregor said, but residents should check the town’s website, www.southamptontownny.gov, periodically for updates.

“We ask residents not to park their cars on the side of the road,” he said, explaining that vehicles parked parallel to the curb when the town has declared a snow emergency are in violation. “Either way, parking on the side of the road like that makes it harder to plow.”

The East Hampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach school districts have not yet posted any information on their respective websites regarding delayed openings or cancellations.

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its unresponsible to lock an article that affects public safety. good job
By JMKG228 (12), Southampton on Jan 26, 15 12:24 AM
You are most definitely correct. The last time I remember the Press doing this was to a missing person report.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Jan 26, 15 4:17 PM
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I don't think "unresponsible" is a word.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jan 27, 15 1:41 AM
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Irregardless of whether its a word or not, JMKG228's point is cromulent.
By C Law (350), Water Mill on Jan 27, 15 10:25 AM
After surging overnight to a maximum snow of 36", the NWS forecast map out of Upton has just been updated to the 18-24" range. Hopefully the Press will permit the link below to remain, in the interest of public safety and awareness.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 26, 15 6:47 AM
The Upton snow forecast map is updated often during the day with its own time stamp at the top.

Good luck in the storm!

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx/stormtotalprecip.php
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 26, 15 6:49 AM
Thank you. Hopefully I will have power and be able to consult it as the storm goes by.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jan 26, 15 10:37 AM
The map went back to 24-36" total for the East End around 12:30.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 26, 15 1:33 PM
Thanks for the update PBR. It is going to be a long night of snow removal.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jan 26, 15 3:11 PM
The wind gusts will make snow removal next to impossible.

The Bridgehampton weather station (which replaced Mr. Hendrickson) is pedicting sustained northerly 30+ MPH winds for the next 15 hours, with gusts above 40, and gusts over 50 MPH from 11 PM to 6 AM tomorrow morning.

Even if the snowfall is "only" the 15" expected in BH overnight, roads like Scuttle Hole will become impassable shortly after they are plowed. This road should probably be closed ASAP, along with other notoriously ...more
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 26, 15 6:04 PM
Tuesday 5:30 AM update re: winds --

The BH weather station reported overnight winds in the 15-35 MPH range, much lower than forecast. The storm is moving offshore, and along with a possible upcoming reduction in the snowfall total (see comment below), we may see the worst of this storm leaving us in better shape than we expected IMO.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:32 AM
Amazingly, the new automated BH weather station provides online data every 5 minutes, with Min/Max summaries at the top of the page:

http://famtest.nwcg.gov/roman/cgi-bin/meso_base.cgi?stn=BDGN6
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:34 AM
I am not impressed. Unless I am somehow misreading the data, it shows precipitation in the last twelve hours of about two thirds of an inch.
By VOS (1230), WHB on Jan 27, 15 6:28 AM
Look out the window?
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 7:38 AM
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3 to 4 foot snowdrifts in front of all of my doors. Snow is easily 24-30 inches in the driveway. Fours hours in and only halfway done with a snowblower. I could not imagine having to hand shovel all of this.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 15 10:31 AM
Only the Southampton Press would BLOCK CRITICAL WEATHER INFORMATION to the public. Publisher should be ashamed of themselves.

It's not like we could wait until Thursday to get the blizzard news.

Never buying your paper again!

Sincerely Yours, 25 year full time, Southampton resident
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jan 27, 15 2:43 AM
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The strong northerly winds overnight caused the recent Montauk high tide to run 2' above normal, and it is likely that the Lazy Point area on Gardiners Bay took a hit. Low tide around 10 AM may be more like a high tide, with the next high at 4 PM or so possibly being another gut-buster, as strong NW winds continue all day. See the green Residual line in the chart linked below.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:15 AM
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http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/plotcomp.shtml?station_info=8510560+Montauk%2C+NY
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:16 AM
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The LI snow forecast map still has the 24-36" range as of 2:04 AM, but in general the predicted snowfall maximums seem to be dropping west of us (MD, NJ, Albany), as the low pressure system moves offshore. In my personal opinion, the 6-7 AM update out of Upton will project a lower maximum snowfall for the East End for this storm. Time will tell . . .
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:20 AM
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Sure enough, the 6:16 AM updated Upton LI map has dropped NYC snow totals to 8-10" and western Nassau County to 14-18". The East End is still pegged at 24-36" but as the Upton NWS office gets fresh date in the next hour or two, this old projection will likely be lowered as well IMO.

By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 6:22 AM
Wednesday morning -- see storm totals below.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 28, 15 4:11 AM
I've got a 4.5 snowdrift in front of my door. Not looking forward to shovelling that.
By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 27, 15 9:15 AM
Me too! Plus they say 8-10 more inches before its done!
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Jan 27, 15 9:50 AM
I had to rescue my dog in the back yard, early this morning, when he did not come back to the house. He was full of snowballs in his coat, and was exhausted from jumping over the snow. He is a large dog. The animals are affected by this storm, too.
By QuietLife (61), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 10:05 AM
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jan 27, 15 6:46 PM
Thank you PSE&G for keeping the lights on, the heat cranking and keeping everyone safe. Those new poles and substation really helped. Thanks again.
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Jan 27, 15 10:31 AM
I will spend much of the day enviously looking at images of southern coastal towns. I digress...
By louse pt. (143), springs on Jan 27, 15 10:38 AM
Where are the snow plows?
By 27East Realty (18), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 27, 15 12:10 PM
Can we drive soon?
By Jac-man (22), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 5:20 PM
Reliable sources say road crews were sent home early instead of working thru the night to clear roads as of 5 PM.... Jan 27 Tuesday. As of 7:12 PM, Many roads still untouched. I can't imagine how horrific the disaster if someone needed an ambulance or if a fire truck had to get down any side street. When questioned, the T.O.S.H. Highway Department Chief hung up the phone on me....
By rrc1049 (63), Bridgehampton on Jan 27, 15 7:20 PM
Gregor is taking a page out of ATH's book...Oh those Independent party folks...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jan 27, 15 7:58 PM
That is an absolute LIE!!! Southampton Town Highway crews were NOT sent home and we're and still are working without any sleep. There are 6 barns with roughly 5-8men/women per barn and are working with antiquated equipment due to their budget being consistently CUT. They have not been home nor the luxury of sleep as they are trying to do their jobs with little and failing equipment. Whomever the "reliable" source is incorrect. My information is absolute FACT and to answer a call to question ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 7:55 PM
Thanks for the correction. I know they were plowing my roads at 1:00 AM last night. Still this is a classic Gregor complaint: She cut my budget. 40 new cars? Are those the ones parked in the Little Plains parking lot? I was surprised when I saw all those cars two days ago and yes they did look new. But at least they were parked there and not in someone's driveway.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jan 27, 15 8:05 PM
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Believe me when I say it is true, the budget has been cut to such a point that they have been unable to purchase much needed equipment. They were given the approval for 1 new truck and it was a small truck which is great but not what was truly needed. The storm a couple of yrs back they had 2 barns with 1 working plow truck each as the others they had broke down and couldn't be fixed quick enough due to a new rule passed that nothing exceeding a certain dollar amount could be purchased without ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Jan 27, 15 8:35 PM
I worked for the Highway Dept. for 23 years and am currently out due to injuries.There are 6 districts(barns) with 6-8 employees now, compared to aprox. 10-12 employees per barn when I started. The employee's do a fantastic job and are limited by the lack of employees and the equipment they have. The highway department could achieve faster snow removal times with more employees and larger equipment. But how many of the taxpayers would approve a tax increase so this could be accomplished? Blaming ...more
By JohnTedesco (5), Hampton Bays, New York on Jan 27, 15 9:54 PM
Not sure who told you morale was low. Certain individuals weren't happy when Mr Gregor was elected due to egos. Things were done by those individuals to make mr gregor look incompetent when all he was trying to do was the job he was elected to do, which is to keep roads safe for the taxpayers. Most of the barns have great teams of hardworking men/women. They are thankful they have employment and any frustration is due to lack of current functional equipment due to the highway budget being consistently ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Jan 29, 15 4:14 PM
NWS Upton's "Spotter Reports" for total snowfall on the East End ranged from a low of 22" in Flanders to a high of 30" in Orient (through yesterday evening), with Southampton coming in at 29".
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 28, 15 4:06 AM
There was another 1/2" this morning on a formerly nice clean driveway...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jan 28, 15 5:56 PM
Just an observation.... Old Country Rd from Westhampton to the Brookhaven line is still snow covered and untreated (white snow). Plowed, but not recently

From Brookhaven line west the road is down to blacktop.
By bettyboo (38), Westhampton on Jan 28, 15 10:27 AM
Salaried employees of the village with plenty of equipment were just getting Main and Jobs Lane cleared at 9:30 this morning. Businesses struggle in the winter
and the less than timely approach to sidewalks and streets in the district has been
going on for years. Who is in charge? How is this happening yet again?
By localcitizen (108), Southampton on Jan 28, 15 10:31 AM
I thought businesses are responsible for the side walks in front of their own business..??? not sure but that's what I thought
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jan 28, 15 10:34 AM
The Southampton Highway chief needs to take a page out of the book of our East Hampton Highway chief, Steve Lynch. When Lynch first came into office a few years ago, he purchased highway equipment that was basically new from the federal government at a fraction of the cost. The amount of equipment he got at ridiculously low prices is a testament to how government needs to get creative and do more with less. What is says about the federal government sitting around with tons of surplus equipment ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Jan 28, 15 10:53 AM
Steve Lynch has been a brilliant Highway Sup. He knows how to get the biggest bang for the buck, which is why he has good equipment at a time when the Town was forced to cut spending due to the financial debacle of 2995-2009.

By polewatcher (8), east hampton on Jan 28, 15 6:23 PM
That would be 2005 to 2009
By polewatcher (8), east hampton on Jan 28, 15 6:24 PM
Mr gregor is friends with eh highway super...he's tried to purchase "newer" used equipment like Mr Lynch but with his budget being consistently cut, there are no funds available to make those savvy purchases. Some of the highway workers even bring some of their own gear to get jobs done (chainsaws, line trimmers etc) as those are items they can't get approval for (not due to gregor)...Gregors hands are tied. They are doing the best with what they have and wish they had "newer" safer more efficient ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Jan 29, 15 4:28 PM
most people should not be out and about today. let the crews clean up the snow. Unless your plowing snow,or delivering emergency heating oil, nothing is going on.
By louse pt. (143), springs on Jan 28, 15 11:20 AM
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Are we allowed to go to work Louise? We can't all get paid to work at the school even when it's closed. Try a real job, and let us know how reality is.
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Jan 28, 15 6:49 PM
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Can anyone recommend a snow removal service for homeowners? My landscaper is in Florida, lucky dawg.
By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 28, 15 2:55 PM
THANK YOU SOUTHAMPTON TOWN HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS for making the roads safe for all of us not only during the snow season but all year long.
By Resident tax (183), Hampton bays ny on Jan 29, 15 2:53 PM
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The NWS Upton snow forecast through Monday has just been posted for a range of 6-8" total snow.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 30, 15 7:17 PM
I'd like to thank y'all on this thread for convincing me to stay here in Florida a good while longer. See ya after Bike Week!
(way after)
By loading... (588), quiogue on Feb 4, 15 12:47 AM
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