Brookhaven Town Residents Fuming — Want Answers Over Unplowed Roads

Originally published: February 10, 2013
Updated: December 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

North Patchogue resident sent in this picture showing his street, on the corner of Woodside Ave and Route 83 not plowed almost 48-hours after the blizzard.

FARMINGVILLE, NY (MorichesDaily) — Frustrated Suffolk County residents who are waiting for their roads to be plowed are not alone — while authorities across Suffolk County are asking motorists to stay home Sunday — as crews worked to clear roads and downed power lines after the snowstorm.

Cars began getting stuck during the blizzard Friday afternoon because weather conditions were so bad, hampering efforts to keep the roads passable.

Authorities say vehicles are backed up and can’t pass one another, and mounds of snow from plows have made it difficult for them to exit the highway.

Abandoned cars still litter the LIE, County Road Rt. 83 North Ocean Avenue and Route 347 Nesconsent Highway where firefighters rescued over 20 people Saturday morning after they spent a long cold night stuck in their cars behind the Smithhaven Mall.

A Selden man was stranded for over 19 hours when he left work Friday afternoon in the Bronx, trying to get home to his pregnant wife. As he made the commute; closer to home the rain quickly turned to snow and initially he was caught in traffic near exit 50 on the LIE, just on the Nassau/Suffolk border.

He eventually got off at exit 63 — North Ocean Avenue — but the road was closed and the blizzard was kicking in full force. Just 5 miles from home his car got stuck, along with dozens of other motorists.

He and others stranded waited hours in their vehicles, but no help arrived.

His wife, due to give birth next week, was also stranded at home in Selden along with his young daughter and mother-in-law. While he was trying to figure out how he could get home the blizzard buried the area with near 3 feet of snow.

By Saturday afternoon, with no hope of getting home a good samaritan saw the man walking up North Ocean Avenue in the direction of Bald Hill. They offered to give him a ride and 19 hours after he set out to make the commute home the man was reunited with his family.

“In the end it turned out alright.. cause when I got home I realized I had a case of beer left over from the Super Bowl and it may have been the best beer I’ve had in some time,” he said.

Brookhaven Deputy Supervisor Daniel Panico sounded equally frustrated that roads remain unplowed, when he was interviewed this morning by News12 Long Island.

“I find it unacceptable that any neighborhood has not been touched at least once,” by plows, Panico said. He says that crews have been out around the clock, but adds that the town hasn’t received much-needed help from the state.

Addressing the dozens of cars that were stranded on Route 347, Panico says the town cannot remove cars from state roads. He says the town has not yet received heavy duty state equipment promised by state officials to clear the heavy snow from the roads.

Panico is urging residents to log onto the town’s website for help getting roads plowed.

Police said that at around 1 p.m. Sunday that they closed Route 112 in both directions at Pine Road in Coram, where multiple vehicles got stuck in the snow.

As the clearing proceeded — albeit slowly in some places — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put out a statement Sunday saying was sending more than a third of the state’s “snow removal assets” to Suffolk.

“Suffolk County has not seen a winter storm like Nemo in years, and the massive amount of snow left behind effectively shut down the entire region,” Cuomo said in the news release.

“From the moment that it became clear that Suffolk County would bear the worst of the storm’s impact on New York, the state dispensed an unprecedented level of resources, equipment, and manpower to support local relief efforts. The state will continue to do everything possible to augment existing recovery work and will ensure that residents of Suffolk County can go back to life as normal as quickly as possible,” Cuomo said in the news release.

More than 529 pieces of equipment, including 412 additional plow trucks, and 731 operators arrived during the past 24 hours and through the night, the release said. More than 675 pieces of snow removal equipment and 975 personnel are currently in Suffolk, the release said.

Still residents in the hardest hit areas complained that the snow plows had not arrived in their neighborhood.

Earlier, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a State of Emergency for the entire state, urging residents to stay indoors and off the roads.

National Grid took over storm preparations from the Long Island Power Authority for the storm, which the utility said could knock out power to 100,000 LIPA customers. At an evening news conference, officials said most outages would be restored within 24 hours of when they are reported.

The move marked the first time since LIPA’s creation in 1998 that it ceded control of operations and public communications during a potential emergency. LIPA owns the network, but National Grid has always operated the electric grid under contract.

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8 Responses to Brookhaven Town Residents Fuming — Want Answers Over Unplowed Roads

  1. David on February 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    From driving around the snow removal is the worst I've ever seen

  2. disgusted resident on February 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    and yet Nicols road leading to a level 1 trauma center remains at 1 lane!

  3. Joan on February 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Miles Lane and Atlantic Avenue not touched once since the storm!!! There are people who may need assistance. No one can get out of their driveways!

  4. Fed Up!!!! on February 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Plow finally showed up this morning (Farmingville) he plowed in front of only two houses……then stopped right before my driveway….left a 7ft wall of snow!!! …..then left!!! now we and the other neighbors beyond us are in worse shape than we were before!! REALLY?? What are they thinking????????????????????????????? SOOOO FED UP!

  5. Scott Lindsay on February 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    The town of Brookhaven has completely failed!! Numerous roads within Brookhaven remain untouched by a plow, as is mine. As has been done for years in the past, the only way to keep a catastrophe such as this from happening is to keep on top of the snow as it falls. A post on News 12 by one of the private hire plows that the town uses gives a telling story about why my neighbors and I had to clear the street ourselves: "it snowed 26 inches in 2009 and nothing like this!!we dont plow for Town of Brookhaven anymore 3 yrs ago they tripled the amount of ins u would need and it was way toooo steep for my blood and 100s of others so they lost many hire ons but didnt care because it hadnt really snowed now we have a storm and I am shocked at how bad our rds are" posted at:
    Brookhaven Deputy Supervisor Panico: Unplowed roads 'unacceptable'

  6. Mike on February 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This was a huge storm, they are going to take a little longer to get it done. Show some patience instead of incessant griping. Try staying off the roads unless you absolutely need to be out. Getting stuck or into an accident makes recovery harder.

    • Vic on February 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      I've been a resident in Brookhaven for 26 years. This is the first storm of significance that a plow has not passed my street once. It is now 2-1/2 days since the end of the storm and my street still has not been plowed. Brookhaven Town Residents, remember these guys and this storm when they come up for re-election and try to BS us on the great job they have done.

      • Fed Up!!!! on February 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        You are right on point about Brookhaven….we pay $12k year in property taxes and still waiting on the plow to come back to finish the job they started 13hrs ago….we would have been better off if he never showed up…. I hope you get a plow soon, and they complete the job………..Mike, this isnt 'griping' these are the facts….in order to be able to afford $12k year in taxes…we all need to get to work!

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