Jul 25, 2014

Southampton Town Still in State of Emergency

Hampton Bays, North Sea and Westhampton transfer stations accepting residents' yardwaste and household garbage for free through Nov. 7. Town will provide curbside pickup of leaves and brush.

Southampton Town Still in State of Emergency

Southampton Town is still reeling from the effects of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy, and Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is sustaining the state of emergency.

Town officials are calling on residents to avoid all "unnecessary" road travel.

"There are still multiple reports of road debris, downed trees/telephone
poles, downed electrical wires, and non operational traffic lights making travel extremely hazardous," said Southampton Town Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Lt. Lawrence P. Schurek. "LIPA crews and town highway workers continue to clear town roads of downed trees and other debris."

Schurek warns that no one should approach downed electrical wires. "They could be energized and contact them could cause loss of life or serious physical injury," he said. "Notify the Emergency Operation Center of any downed wires or tree blockages at 631-728-3030."

The Red Cross shelters at Riverhead High School, East Hampton High School and the eastern campus of the Suffolk County Community Shelter has closed, and the shelter at Hampton Bays High School is closing. Those still in need of shelter may head to the shelter at Eastport South Manor High School, 543 Moriches Middle Island Road, Manorville. Call 631-334-6511 for more information.

Dune Road is open to business owners with four-wheel drive vehicles only. Jobs Lane in Bridgehampton is opening to property owners with four-wheel drive vehicles.

Dune Road took a major hit and is being assessed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday.

Through Nov. 7, residents may bring storm-related yardwaste, leaves and brush to the North Sea, Hampton Bays and Westhampton town transfer station for no charge, as well as household garbage. Town green bags will not be required.

The Highway Department and contractors will begin picking up seperated piles of leaves and brush places at the curbside.

Director of Municipal Works Christine Fetten noted that curbside pickup does not include appliances, furniture, construction debris, household garbage and marine materials.

"If homeowners have sustained damage to their personal property they are strongly encouraged to contact their insurance providers prior to any disposal effort as many policies encompass visual inspection of damage and coverage of disposal costs," Fetten said. "Upon completion of proper insurance documentation, residents and residents only may self haul the above referenced material to the appropriate Transfer Stations. Restrictions on commercial haulers will remain in effect during the cleanup effort. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Waste Management Office at 631-283-5210."

Construction and demolition debris may be brought to the Hampton Bays Transfer Station. Bulk items can be taken to both the Hampton Bays and North Sea transfer station.

Suffolk County Bus Transportation service is suspended Wednesday. Hampton Jitney is in service.

Southampton Village lifted its state of emergency Wednesday morning.

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