Updated 12:41 p.m. Sunday, January 24
Southampton Town is still in a limited State of Emergency, according to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The State of Emergency needs to remain as is in order to plow unapproved and private roads, though all other major roadways are now open.
Directly from the Supe’s Office:
Motorists should take precautions and be wary for any patchy spots of snow and black ice. The Highway Department continues to plow secondary roads. Dune Road west of Ponquogue Bridge to the Quogue Village line remains closed.
Supervisor Schneiderman said. “Our Highway Department did a terrific job during this blizzard under the leadership of Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. They worked tirelessly through the night and insured that our roads are safe. I also want to thank the private contractors who helped clear our roads. The public should also be commended for heeding our warning and for staying off the roads. It made everyone’s job easier. There were no major accidents and it looks like Southampton was also spared any major problems with beach erosion and flooding.”
Durring the storm, the Town used 70 pieces of equiptment, including 50 plows. 20 outside snow plow contractors were also used. There were 6 minor motor vehicle accidents, including two accidents where motorists hit one of the Town’s snow plows. But there were no injuries. There were four assists with ambulances, where plows paved the way to help emergency response. At least a dozen trees fell onto roads but were quickly removed. The Town averaged 16 inches of snowfall but there was much less in many areas.
Power outages were minimal but citizens who experience power outages can still report directly to PSEG at 800-490-0075. Seniors can call the Senior Hotline at 631-728-1235.
Due to the storm, transfer stations will be open today at the Hampton Bays and North Sea facilities only.
Supervisor Schneiderman said, “motorists should take caution passing roads near open fields for drifting snow and watch for any melting snow this week that could cause minor flooding. But it looks as though we made it through our first major storm of the winter season in good shape.”
Updated at 10:08 a.m. Saturday, January 23.
Directly from the Supervisor’s office:
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declared a limited State of Emergency. Residents are requested to limit all driving, remove all parked cars from the roads and residents should expect unannounced road closures.
Supervisor Schneiderman said. “Our Highway Department is busy plowing roads but residents should stay inside and off the roads and allow our plows to do their jobs and let emergency vehicles pass safely when they are called to emergencies.”
The National Weather Service is now forecasting 12 to 18 inches for our area. During the duration of the blizzard there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. Wind gusts can be measured up to 55 mph. The heavy winds and lunar tide, 3 to 4 feet above normal, can result in moderate flooding.
Mr. Schneiderman said the Town’s Emergency Operations Center is open and storm emergencies can be reported to 631-728-3405.
Citizens who may experience power outages can report directly to PSEG at 800-490-0075. Seniors can call the Senior Hotline at 631-728-1235. Notification will be issued if shelters or warming centers are needed.
Due to the storm, transfer stations will be closed Saturday with a delayed opening at noon on Sunday.
Supervisor Schneiderman reminds residents to, “listen to radio, tune into TV and check the Town’s web site for emergency updates throughout the duration of the storm.”
Welcome to the winter wonderland.
Pretty much everything has been been cancelled and rescheduled for the day so let’s all take the time to enjoy it. Hunker down, read a good book, catch up on earlier Hamptons Party Girl posts or eat all the ice cream in the freezer now–just in case the power goes out. : )
But before you do that, here’s a bit of info from the Southampton Town Supervisor’s office, including emergency phone numbers.
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman urged residents to take precaution during the impending storm. “We’re expecting up to 18 inches of accumulation and blizzard-like conditions according to the National Weather Service beginning Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday. Residents should stay off the roads allowing our Highway Department to clear the roads as quickly and safely as possible and to provide easy passage for emergency vehicles.”
The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Warning from Midnight Friday through 7am Sunday. A blizzard warning means winds could be as strong as 55 miles per hour and there can be extremely poor visibility. This can lead to whiteout conditions and will make travel very dangerous. The heavy winds and lunar tide on Saturday will result in moderate coastal flooding at high tide.
Mr. Schneiderman explained that the Town’s Emergency Personnel began coordinating Friday afternoon to determine appropriate road clearing, public safety, securing town facilities, and coordinating with County and State services. The emergency operations team includes Supervisor Schneiderman, Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone, Southampton Town Police Department Capt. Lawrence Schurek, Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Chris Bean, Parks Maintenance Supervisor Jon Erwin and Municipal Works Director Christine Fetten and Personnel Services Coordinator Russell Kratoville.
The Highway Department has already pre-treated the roads and will begin plowing at the first sign of accumulation. As a precaution, Dune Road will be closed from 3pm Friday until further notice between the Ponquogue Bridge and west to the Quogue Village line.
Residents confronted with a storm related emergency can call 631-728-3400. Citizens who may experience power outages during the storm can report those outages directly to PSEG at 800 490 0075. Senior citizens can call our Senior Hotline at 631-728-1235 in the event of a storm related emergency. Notification will be issued if shelters or warming centers are needed.
Be advised that due to the storm, transfer stations will be closed tomorrow with a delayed opening at noon on Sunday.
Following the coordination meeting, Supervisor Schneiderman met with Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. Supervisor Schneiderman emphasized, “I am confident our departments are well prepared to address this storm event. Again, I emphasize all citizens please remain off the roads during the storm and listen to radio, tune into TV and check the Town’s website for emergency updates throughout the duration of the storm.”