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PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Batters Dune Road

Westhampton Beach tour reveals oceanside properties fared better than bayside.

Update: Dune Road to open at noon on Thursday. Click here to find out more

Previous: The Village of Westhampton Beach granted Dune Road access to Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch on Wednesday afternoon. It was a somber trip as many bayside homes, especially in the area of Pond Point, were flooded with bay waters still prevalent on many of the streets — one home's roof had lifted up.

Driving down the portion of Dune Road under the jurisdiction of Westhampton Beach no homes appeared to have suffered any severe wind damage and the entire length of Dune Road within Westhampton Beach's boundaries was passable though Paul Houlihan – Westhampton Beach's building inspector, who escorted Patch – said there were several washovers during the storm, but waters had subsided as of Wednesday morning.

Oceanside homes and those that met FEMA regulations appeared to have fared very well; most of the bluffs held up though were severely weathered and damage can been seen at Roger's Beach where water washed up and over the pavilion. Fences and debris from Quogue washed up along the beach line at Rogers as it typically does during storms, according to Houlihan.

The border of Quogue and Westhampton Beach is blocked off as Quogue is not allowing any access to its portion of Dune Road. An officer standing guard indicated that there were numerous washovers and parts of the roadway are still flooded.

Reporters were also denied access to the Village of West Hampton Dunes though where Southampton's jurisdiction meets West Hampton Beach the remnants of wash over could be seen with crews starting to move sand off the roadway. Many homes in the area were covered with dirt and debris that the bay left behind.

According to environmental consultant Aram Terchunian, of First Coastal, there were a total of three minor overwashes in the dunes and at Cupsogue Beach.

Southampton officials have not yet granted access to the Hampton Bays and East Quogue portion of Dune Road though photos obtained by Patch show that the area near the Shinncock Commercial Docks was flattened.

Officials say Dune Road in Hampton Bays to East Quogue is still not passable and FEMA has been called in to assess the situation.

All jurisdictions say that they will not open Dune Road possibly for a few days due to flooding and downed power lines.

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Joanna November 01, 2012 at 09:02 PM
631- the power line is down right next to your mailbox. For now it is leaning on trees, over garbage cans. It doesn't appear that it will even hit the house in the case it does come down.
Joanna November 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM
503 you're perfect
Liv November 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Can someone please have a look at 575 Dune Road (aka High Dune) and let us know how it fared? Thanks a lot.
Michelle November 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Joanna! You are the best! Thanks so much! Do you live on dune road?
Michelle November 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I just noticed Joanna, you wrote above that you clean houses? Please let me know your email. We are looking for someone.
Ron Schwalb November 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Joanna, thank you so much for taking the to look at the house. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
julie teitel November 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
If anyone drives by 800 dune road I would love a report. Thank you very much.
Lauren November 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Kerry sorry I didn't see this but your area was totally fine from what i saw. No visible damage from street.
Lauren November 01, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Sondra I drove thru dune lane everything looked ok
Lauren November 01, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Theresa house # 631 telephone pole dislodged into big bushy free - no where near house at All. FYI.
Lauren November 01, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Joanne 593 dune looked perfect from street. 600 people on bay all looked good from car. 612, sol's wife was there and I couldn't get great look as hubby drives too fast - but with all the trees InThe 600s it was hard to see close up stuff. Basically all can rest well. Dune road held up exceptionally well. My house definitely sustained heaviest dune damage and house bottom damage - we have 4 ft of mud and sand in our basement - which was breakaway per code...
jeff gross November 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Lauren Are all windows and glass doors on BAY side of 700 intact? Jeff Gross
Joanna November 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
You are all very welcome. I was glad to help given the circumstances. My email is cleaningbybishop@gmail.com. God bless!!!
gary November 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Joanna. Huge thank you for taking the time to check on 892 Dune road - so very much appreciated. Extremely grateful. Please let me know if you are in the Dunes to thank you personally for this feedback . Regards Gary
gary November 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Joanna. Huge thank you for taking the time to check on 892 Dune road - so very much appreciated. Extremely grateful. Please let me know if you are in the Dunes to thank you personally for this feedback . Regards Gary
gary November 02, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Joanna cannot thank you enough for your time and effort in this matter - your feedback has been so valuable . Thank you so much . regards Gary -892 dune road
Sondra kronberg November 02, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Thank you so much i so appreciate it will come by and thank you in person be well sondra
Joanna November 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@Gary. I went down today because I clean/check-up on a few houses in the area. I shared in your frustration, not knowing what it looked like and the reports having such minimal information. I remain concerned for my friends down in East Quogue, and from what I hear they suffered a lot more damage. It's just one of those things that sits on your conscience when you do not have an answer. I was glad to be able to do something. I've been cleaning for most of my Dune Rd clients for 8+ years now, it's a part of me. I'm so glad we're still here!!
Lauren November 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Jeff Did you see the list that the village provided naming houses that were damaged? I did see from my house today that the house on the bay that sits across from the last ocean house before Pikes (855???? ) has a few holes in the roof likely from flying debris left outside.
Lauren November 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Gary I took a pic of your house because hubby stopped at stop sign believe it or not! What is your email I can forward.
Lauren November 02, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Sondra yes please do, # 743 ~ the house with 50 cars in it every weekend. : )
Lauren November 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Joanne I have half assed pic of 503.. Hubby again... Not heeding my pleas to slow down so I can take a Pic! So it's half trees but it looked good before the shot went off. . I'm almost embarrassed how bad the pic is.
gary November 02, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Lauren. Garybrit@msn.com. Huge thank you for your kind efforts. Regards Gary - 892 dune road
Joanne p November 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Thanks so much. I appreciate it
Joanne p November 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it
Joanne p November 02, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I sure do appreciate your help. Its a relief to know the house is ok.
Kerry Harris November 02, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Thank you, Lauren!!!
will meek November 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Joanne-my house 618 is next to Sol's at 612. any chance you could give me any info on any damages? thanks.
Carla Zarse November 15, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows the condition of the 6 matching cottages at 496 Dune Road, bay side. There is an open ocean lot directly across the street. They are white square cottages with grey roofs, three in a row, side by side. My family used to own them for over 50 years and these little cottages made it through some of the worst storms but I am afraid Sandy may have done them in. They are known as The Beehive Bungalows. Thanks so much!!! Carla
Lauren November 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Carla i drove down 2 weeks ago. I know the cottages. That whole area was fine. In general terms. Nothing bad at all from street view. The empty lot across on ocean was fine. I know because I looked (my friend owns it). Hope this helps !

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