Officials: Dune Road Could Remain Closed for Days

The roadway sustained substantial damage, according to officials.

Update: Dune Road will open at noon on Thursday. Find out more here

Update: Photos of Dune Road from the air. See them here. 

Update: First photos from Dune Road after Sandy. See them here

Update: FEMA has been called in to assess Dune Road damage. Read the story and see photos of Dune Road damage here

Previous: A day after Hurricane Sandy struck, Police officers were standing guard at all Dune Road bridges — from Hampton Bays to Quogue and Westhampton Beach — as homeowners arrived by the droves, hoping to get across to their homes to assess damage.

All access, however, was denied.

According to the Town of Southampton, Dune Road has experienced substantial damage with multiple reports of washouts along the entire length of the road with major dune destruction.

The road, the town said, will remain closed until further notice.

Unofficial reports indicate that there may have been breaches near Tiana in Hampton Bays and Jetty 4 in Westhampton Beach.

Environmentalist Aram Terchunian, M.Sc., of First Coastal Corporation, did confirm that there are at least 10 to 12 overwashes from Quogue to the Shinnecock Inlet.

"Dune Road is impassable," he said. 

Officials, including the mayors of Westhampton Beach and Quogue and Southampton Councilman Chris Nuzzi, were also on Dune Road Tuesday afternoon assessing the damage.

Their official reports have not yet been made available to the press.

West Hampton Dunes Mayor Gary Vegliante, however, reported early Tuesday that the Village of West Hampton Dunes is in very good shape. Read his report here.

Quogue Police Chief Robert B. Coughlan, who was standing guard at the flooded Ogden Lane Tuesday afternoon, said he does not believe Dune Road will open for at least a few days.

"It is for the safety of residents," said Coughlan, citing downed wires, flooding and even possible gas leaks.

A fire broke out on Dune Road late Monday night on the border of Hampton Bays and East Quogue and the Hampton Bays Fire Department was unable to reach the blaze. Early Tuesday morning, Hampton Bays Firefighters were still not able to access the area, but believed the fire had gone out.

A second fire was reported on Dune Road at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Quogue's jurisdiction. The Hampton Bays Fire Department was called in for assistance. Details have not yet been made available.

As the roadway remains closed, residents pleaded with officers to check on their homes. Officers took addresses and promised to try to check, but could not make any promises.

Patch will provide continues updates regarding Dune Road, so be sure to check back frequently.

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Stacey Reister October 30, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I have noticed a lot of helicopters and airplanes around today.... was anyone able to get some ariel pictures?
Erica Jackson (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Stacy, we should have ariel photos in the next day or two.
Michael James October 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM
So far, the only person on record regarding damage on Dune Road appears to be Mayor Vegliante of Westhampton Dunes per your previous news article. Do you have a more complete transcript of his statement as opposed to "no damage to infrastructure" which is a bit vague. I think what many of us would like to know is how much damage did he observe to actual homes if any.
amy l October 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
they have a lot of nerve not releasing any info
Erica Jackson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Michael, WHB and Quogue Village Halls have been without power - information has been hard to obtain. I do have the lastest from Dune Road that I just published. http://patch.com/A-zgQV
Mscott October 31, 2012 at 02:30 AM
How badly flooded was Ofden Lane where Chief Coughlin was interviewed?
Mscott October 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Sorry, meant to be Ogden Lane.
Rjh October 31, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Just wondering why the mayor of East Quogue was not on Dune rd with the other mayors East Quogue taxes the heck out of dine rd residents and once again their lack of concern for this area is quite evident
Shepard M SCHEINBERG October 31, 2012 at 09:42 AM
East Quogue is a hamlet and in the unincorporated area of the Township of Southampton, and has no mayor or other officials , but is governed by the officials of the Township of Southampton.
Erica Jackson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Mscott, Ogden Lane was flooded pretty bad. The water was probably about calf deep.
Joe October 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Shep put out that fire in a hurry. An imaginary mayor almost got impeached.
Dee Ryan November 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Where are pictures of Westhampton Beach Shoreline and WH Dunes, especially the old breakthough area. The news doesnt even talk about WHB...


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