North Fork roads in good shape following all-day snowstorm


The North Fork was spared the worst of a winter storm that wreaked havoc on other parts of Long Island Saturday.
Southold Town officials reported about 12 inches of snow across town and said no serious flooding plagued the area.

“Southold fared much better than the towns up west,” Supervisor Scott Russell said in an email Sunday. “It was a dangerous storm, but people stayed home like they were asked to and the clean up was smoother because of it.

“Western Long Island got a blizzard. Southold got a snowstorm and came through it fine.”

Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando reported no road closures, adding that town highway crews plowed non-stop from about 8 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. About half the crew remained on the roadways to drop salt and sand Sunday morning.

“They did an amazing job,” Mr. Orlando said of his crew. “It was a long day. It just slowly snowed all day, but they plowed straight through and once it finally stopped snowing they were able to catch up in the overnight hours.”

Mr. Orlando said some minor flowing occurred around parts of Skunk Lane and North Bayview Road, but nothing that required anyone to be evacuated from their homes.

Mr. Russell remarked at how quickly PSEG was able to restore outages Saturday.

At 7 a.m., Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted a driving ban that had been in effect since 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Long Island Rail Road is still working on clearing its tracks but service is expected to resume in time for the Monday morning commute.

Caption: Snow dunes in New Suffolk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

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