Roads dry in Riverhead after Andrea

06/08/2013 7:47 AM |
Andrea storm Riverhead

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead’s riverfront park as of 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

While some roads puddled up as the heaviest of rains fell Friday evening during the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, no road closures were reported in Riverhead Town.

And by 7 a.m. Saturday, most all the water had receded from the roads, said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson.

“We had some flooding last night down by the railroad station,” he said. “We had a crew out last night; we were out until about 11 p.m. but decided to just come in and assess in the morning. I’m out riding now and everything looks good.”

Some parts of Long Island saw upwards of 5 inches, with more than 4 inches falling across parts of the North Fork, according to news reports. Parts of major highways to the west were also closed to traffic Friday night.

Mr. Woodson said about 4 1/2 inches fell over Riverhead Town, with puddling from Wading River to Jamesport.

“But the drains did their jobs,” he said. “The drains are only rated for an inch a rain an hour, so with the heavy rain yesterday and downpours last night, things started to puddle up. Mother Nature, you can’t beat it; you just try to keep up at times.”

The National Weather Service reports weather will be mostly cloudy Saturday, with high temperatures reaching about 76 degrees and a low of 57. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 76 and low of 59. There’s a a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAIN TOTALS:

ORIENT: 4.12 inches as of 2 a.m. Saturday

CUTCHOGUE: 3.50 inches as of 11:48 p.m. Friday

GREENPORT: 3.09 inches as of 10 p.m. Friday

UPTON: 4.50 inches as of 2:08 a.m. Saturday

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