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East End Cleans Up After Irene

Publication: The East Hampton Press
  Aug 29, 2011 10:24 AM
Sep 1, 2011 3:29 PM
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The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene was in full view on Monday morning, with power outages, road closures and downed trees spread across the East End.

The storm surge flooded low-elevation areas in East Hampton Town, including South Edison Street, Oceanside Drive and Ditch Plains in Montauk and Napeague Lane in Napeague, according to East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson.

There were also widespread power outages throughout East Hampton, he said.

A stretch of Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays was closed, east of the Shinnecock Canal. South County Road in Remsenburg was closed near the corner Club Lane. Quogo Neck Lane in Quogue was also closed.

Dune Road was closed in Westhampton Beach, but police said they planned to open it sometime on Monday. Other sections of Dune Road were closed. Police were blocking Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, but were allowing some boat owners to pass to check on their boats.

Southampton Town police were planning to open as many sections of Dune Road as possible by 11:30 a.m. Monday. Residents of Dune Road in East Quogue were stopped at police barricades trying to get to their homes that morning, officials said.

Four-wheel drive vehicles were recommended east of Ponquogue Bridge on Dune Road, according to Southampton Town spokeswoman Jen Garvey. Business owners only were allowed back on Dune Road west of the bridge Monday morning, she said.

Dayton Lane in East Hampton was closed on Monday morning, due to several large trees and electrical wires being down.

Traffic lights were out in Amagansett, East Hampton Village, Water Mill, Southampton Village and Hampton Bays.

Southampton Town is making special provisions for storm debris this week. Any kitchen or food waste can be brought free of charge to transfer stations in Hampton Bays and Westhampton until Wednesday. Appliances, like refrigerators and air conditioners, and other bulk items that were damaged in the storm can be brought free of charge to transfer stations in Hampton Bays and North Sea until Wednesday.

The town will be accepting storm-related brush free of charge at transfer stations in Hampton Bays, North Sea and Westhampton until next Sunday, September 4. The Highway Department will also begin collecting brush on Monday. Residents were advised to collect large brush, like trees and branches, in one pile, and small brush, like leaves and sticks, in a separate pile.

Southampton Town courts were closed Monday due to a power outage. Town offices will otherwise be open.

Southampton Town beaches on Dune Road and Foster Memorial Beach will be closed on Monday, police said. All other beaches will be open.

Westhampton Dunes Mayor Gary Vegliante reported that there were no breaches of the Dune Road municipality during the storm, and that 100 percent of residents complied with an evacuation order. There was only minor damage to homes, he said.

The storm caused severe erosion at Georgica Beach, according to East Hampton Village Administrator Larry Cantwell, although no houses were endangered. The beach is closed. There was also minor damage to the Main Beach pavilion.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Southampton Village rescinded the state of emergency it issued on Saturday. East Hampton Town’s was as well, although Mr. Wilkinson said at about 11:30 he planned to lift it shortly. Mr. Cantwell said the village planned to keep its state of emergency in effect through the rest of the week, during the cleanup effort.

Mr. Wilkinson said about 160 people took shelter at East Hampton High School during the storm, and an additional 60 stayed at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. He said he was thankful that many people heeded a voluntary evacuation advisory. He also thanked emergency personnel, including police, volunteer ocean rescue members and lifeguards.

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By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Aug 29, 11 5:56 PM
Had power for maybe 10 min.

Transformer blew up the street. House unoccupied.

C'est la vie...
By Mr. Z (5966), North Sea on Aug 29, 11 7:58 PM
In Hampton Bays, LIPA's subs sit around, LIPA'S frontline no where to be found!

By BigOne (22), Hampton Bays on Aug 30, 11 3:24 AM
1 member liked this comment
Residents south of Argonne without power still
Day 3!!!!
By Ref11 (10), hampton bays on Aug 30, 11 9:20 AM
Why are you burying the story that many of us still don't have any power 3 days later!
By Q333 (118), Southampton on Aug 30, 11 2:23 PM
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