Riverhead Town officials assessing Sandy’s aftermath

10/30/2012 3:08 PM |
Hurricane Sandy, Aquebogue, Jamesport

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Erosion and downed trees at the end of Pine Avenue in Aquebogue, where residents say waters rose higher than in recent memory.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said Tuesday he wants to suspend building fees for any storm-related repair work.

The town was in the process of devising a method by which to notify homeowners of this policy.

“I want to get that word out to residents, that the building department is not your obstacle and we will do whatever we can to help you,” Mr. Walter said.

The supervisor met with department heads Tuesday afternoon in Riverhead Town Hall to assess the damage from the storm and devise a plan to handle it.

The town is doing an inventory of damages to town property in hopes of being reimbursed.

The storm left the entire Riverfront parking lot in downtown Riverhead under  water Monday afternoon and night, and had areas in South Jamesport under water up to the railroad bridge, said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

The chief said most of the areas south of Peconic Bay Boulevard were flooded.

The high waters had receded in most areas by Tuesday morning, although some areas, like parts of Peconic Bay Boulevard, still were flooded the following day.

Sandy also left more than 11,000 Riverhead Town residents and more than 940,000 Suffolk County residents without power Tuesday.

Winds from Sandy, which reached 90 mph in some areas, also broke the locally famous Riverhead Raceway Indian statue in half.

Despite this, officials says Sandy didn’t turn out as bad as they anticipated.

“We’re in better shape than we were with Hurricane Irene,” Chief Hegermiller said, referring to the hurricane that struck Long Island last year.

He said the impact of the Sandy was more flood-related than wind-related.

In Wading River, “90 percent of the homes on Creek Road were underwater” and there was erosion to beaches and bluffs along the Long Island Sound, including two homes on Lewin Drive that lost about 20 feet of bluff, and are now only about 20 feet from the bluff, said Mr. Walter, a Wading River resident.

A shelter set up at Riverhead High School had 375 people in it at the height of the storm on Monday, but by Tuesday morning, there were less than 20, officials said.

The town senior center made 2,100 meals in 36 hours for the people in the shelter, Mr. Walter said.

“The senior center was amazing,” he said Tuesday, adding the ttown hopes to get everybody out of the shelter on Tuesday so school can open on Wednesday.

The Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also operated a pet shelter at Suffolk Community College in Northampton which had about 19 animals and 44 pet owners staying there, officials said.

The American Red Cross, which ran the shelter during Hurricane Irene last year, brought mostly snacks this year, and it was their cots and equipment that was used at the shelter.

Originally, Riverhead High School was not planned to be a shelter for this storm.

Riverhead Beverage donated 40 cases of water, and Paster Jerry Halpin of North Shore Christian Church on Kroemer Avenue brought volunteers and additional food, Mr. Walter said.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance was busy with calls and with helping out at the evacuation center, and the Riverhead Fire Department also was kept busy with calls, including one in which their brush truck got stuck while answering a call on Overlook Drive in Aquebogue, officials said.

“Where we we be without these volunteers?” Councilman John Dunleavy asked.

Mr. Dunleavy also expressed disappointment with people who didn’t heed evacuation notices who could have jeopardized the safety of volunteers who had to come rescue them later.

“These people don’t realize they’re putting volunteers at risk,” Mr. Dunleavy said.

One man reportedly tried to climb a tree to remove a downed wire from it, and others were seen walking in water near Iron Pier beach while power lines swayed above them in high winds, officials said.

“If those lines came down, they were sardines,” said town engineer Ken Testa, who witnessed the incident.

Mr. Walter said a driver on Iron Pier beach got stuck on a log in mud there, when a good Samaritan stopped to help him.

Once the driver got traction, “the moron in the truck” floored his gas pedal in reverse, and nearly ran over the man who helped him, he said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

44 Comment

  • Hey, Great site you have here :)

  • Though it’s clear that declaring bankruptcy can be
    a viable option, discussing it further together with
    your lawyer will determine whether or not it is really the
    best move to take super real some banks report loan modifications as a
    partial payment for the debt and even as overdue
    within the case of the mha three-month trial
    modification, although reporting practices vary by lender.

  • Hello, i believe that i noticed you visited my weblog thus i came
    to return the desire?.I am attempting to to find issues to enhance my web site!I
    assume its good enough to use a few of your concepts!!

  • Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off
    the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.

    The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon.
    Many thanks

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts about riverhead town.

    Regards

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting
    for your next write ups thanks once again.

  • I visited various websites but the audio quality for
    audio songs existing at this site is really marvelous.

  • Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  • Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!

    It’s the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  • I’m truly enjoying the design and layout
    of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much
    more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often.
    Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?

    Great work!

  • This information is invaluable. Where can I find out more?

  • Good post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    Appreciate it!

  • Hi there! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?

    My site looks weird when viewing from my iphone.
    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this issue.

    If you have any recommendations, please share.
    Thanks!

  • But it’s all componеnt aand parcel of busineѕs meetings and features.
    Niсely, whern in a partnership, yοu basically double your assistance system.

    I suppose I’m sоmewhat of an ρrofessional and conѕequently want
    to help you. http://www.gratis-spel.org/profile/columbusib

  • I have been browsing online greater than 3 hours these days, yet
    I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It is beautiful worth sufficient for me. In my view, if all
    website owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the web shall be
    a lot more helpful than ever before.

  • It’s wonderful that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our dialogue made at
    this time.

  • I value the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

  • Thanks again for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  • I appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  • I loved your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

  • Its like you learn my mind! You seem to grasp so much approximately this, such as you wrote the e-book in
    it or something. I think that you simply could do with a few percent to drive the message house
    a bit, however other than that, this is great blog.
    A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  • Thanks designed for sharing such a good opinion, paragraph
    is nice, thats why i have read it fully

  • Major thanks for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  • I appreciate you sharing this post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

  • When the continuation of my Paris tour finally drops me at the Rue Cler market, I can see why
    eating healthy food is easier here. When doing this oriental style,
    choose only fresh salmon and offer thin slices along with.
    Many desserts can be made healthy in a similar manner.

  • wow, awesome article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  • Naturally, if you are going for weight loss, exercise can help.

    When you want to create the “extra special” meal, splurge on
    some good parmesan; any leftover can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge for
    a month. Here we take a look at what those standards are and list the top five brands
    of organic food that qualify.

  • Many of us just don’t understand how important it is
    to have a positive mindset. The best thing about this is that you can purchase your eggs
    in bulk and then add different ingredients which will make them healthier for
    your body. As a result it is tempting to reach for the quick and easy
    snacks such as potato chips or candy.

  • I am so grateful for your blog post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • Enjoyed every bit of your article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  • Thank you ever so for you post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  • Muchos Gracias for your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  • Very good article.Much thanks again. Great.

  • Fantastic article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  • Very neat blog.Really thank you!

  • Major thankies for the blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • Thanks so much for the article post.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  • You would eat major areas of sweet corn, carrots, spend wrong meats, vegetables,
    fruits as well as whole grains. You can also use fat-free mayonnaise together
    with chunks of chicken and don’t forget to add
    the carrots, raisins or almonds for your chicken salad.
    Add zucchini and broth; cook over low heat about 15 minutes or until squash is tender.

  • I am so grateful for your blog.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • I think this is a real great article post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  • M88 Many countries have entirely accepted bingo.
    These are typically typically the nations all over the world that
    contain designed a big economic industry through gaming.
    Then more countries that have prohibited it and still have
    had too many00 boundaries close to this. This is how most of the people experience
    M88 Vietnam has fell. They receive not used the opportunity in m88 bingo fully but still have lost money opportunities because of it
    over time period. A few people may sense that this is
    a m88 neat thing, however from an monetary view it could be a weak
    matter

    The particular arguments next to gambling online entail the particular
    concern of integrated the particular squad. Because it
    is straightforward that will fit money shared a person desire to wrong person getting
    on m88 the desktop and putting cash around.

    They can easily waste material their own as well
    as someone else’s life savings using the simply click of your computer mouse button button.
    In this specific goal it is necessary for almost any country to possess regulations
    and in addition safe pads against minors doing top of those m88 gambling online
    sites. They just simply don’t have from the life feelings that are important
    to face the ideal decisions using these kinds of points

    Gals stress about in your head differently abled men and women joining such online m88
    casinos. Often they can n’t have the knowledge necessary
    to experience gambling and can enter problems. This is dangerous and
    measures should be consumed every time a nation acadamies m88 gambling online to protect against that will

  • Pingback: adderall

  • Pingback: viagra

  • When I initially left a comment I appear to have
    clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you are able to
    remove me from that service? Kudos!