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Nor'easter Causes Only Minor Flooding on Dune Road Officials Say

Officials said flooding is in the usual hot spots.

An already bruised Dune Road fared well during Wednesday's nor'easter, according to officials from the Town of Southampton and Villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue.

Both Rebecca Molinaro, Westhampton Beach Village Clerk and Lt. Chris Isola, of the Quogue Police say Dune Road within their jurisdictions flooded in the typical spots and the roadway is still accessible.

If any place on Dune Road flooded the most during the latest storm, Molinaro said it was Pond Point, which sits on the bay side of Dune Road and typically floods during storm events.

Pond Point was overwrought with flooding during Hurricane Sandy, with water reaching as high as four feet.

Southampton Town's portion of Dune Road, which runs from the Quogue border to the Shinnecock Inlet also sustained through the nor'easter, according to Christopher Bean, supervisor of the town's parks and recreation department.

According to Bean, none of the dune's were impacted by the high winds, rain and sleet, but some beach sand was lost and there was flooding at the usual high-tide spots.

Five miles of the town's portion of the road; however, Bean said, remain closed to the public as it has since an evacuation order was put in place just before Hurricane Sandy arrived.

As previously reported, the town's portion of , washing sand across Dune Road, making it impassable.

According to Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), some parts of Dune Road are covered with sand that is 4 to 6 inches deep. Payloaders, he said, have been working to clear the road by pushing the sand to parking lots near Shinnecock, which now has sand piled as high as 15 feet.

A week after the storm, homeowners, commercial fishermen and business owners were from the town and have a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Bean says the highway department is currently working on a plan to remediate the area so that it can re-open the road to the public; however, Bean said it will take time.

"There is no reason for anyone to be down there this time of year anyway," he said.

Alex Gregor, the town's highway superintendent, was not immediately available for comment.

Related Reading:

  • East Quogue Dune Road Residents Can Access Properties
  • Photos: Dune Road Opens After Sandy; Homeowners Begin to Assess Damage
  • After Sandy: Dune Road To Open at Noon
  • Nor'easter To Decide Timeline For Ponquogue Bridge Opening

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Scott Jeffrey November 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Mr. Bean, What do you mean we don't need to be on Dune this time of the year? As owner of East End Bait & Tackle I depend on the waters at the Shinnecock inlet and Ponquogue bridge as well as the ocean facing beaches as part of my income. This is prime striped bass fishing season something most anglers wait for all year. Did you forget we are a fishing community that depends on these resources to make a living.

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