The big dig in Riverhead after Blizzard of 2013

02/09/2013 9:52 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Father Peter Narkeiewicz was out again this morning at 7:30 am shoveling the steps of St. Isidore’s Church. He said the snow blowers were snowed in the garage. All he had for breakfast was Tylenol for his sore back.

The worst may be behind us, but now comes the hard part: cleaning up.

A nor’easter that dumped as much as two feet of snow in some areas is expected to clear the area by late morning, with a few snow showers lingering through 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A northwest wind is expected to be sustained around 24-28 mph. Gusts can be as high as 39 mph.

Roads remained mostly impassable throughout the East End Saturday morning.

The highest snow total so far reported by the National Weather Service was 30.9 inches in Upton.

In Riverhead, Highway Superintendent George Woodson said the early focus is on main roads with side roads being addressed later in the afternoon.

“It’s so much snow and it’s so heavy to push that the trucks are having an issue,” Mr. Woodson said. “It’s going to take a little bit longer.”

Riverhead Town issued a statement at 9 a.m. that said travel in Riverhead is still prohibited.

Mr. Woodson said north-south roads were worst, as far as main roads go. A big problem so far has been private plowers that are clearing parking lots and private developments.

“They’re pushing stuff right back into the roads,” Mr. Woodson said. “We should be giving tickets. That’s a big time problem as far as I see.”

In Riverhead there were more than 300 people without power as of around 9:30 a.m., according to the LIPA outage map.

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