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Photos: Dune Road Opens After Sandy; Homeowners Begin to Assess Damage

Homeowners and contractors returned to their homes on Thursday.

Homeowners from Westhampton Beach, Quogue and West Hampton Dunes and contractors trickled onto Dune Road after the roadway opened at noon on Thursday to assess damage.

Related: After Sandy: Dune Road To Open at Noon

While some homeowners got out of their cars with relief to find their homes still standing and very little damage, others were distraught to find waters had flooded their basements and first floors.

One Pond Point resident walked carefully around his home, noting that from the marks on his home, the water had come up at least four feet.

"I have never seen anything like this," he said, not wishing to give his name.

Pointing to his once thriving flower bed filled with roof shingles, he said, "I just put a new roof, but it seems it didn't have enough time to settle."

The homeowner said he didn't think he was going to call his insurance company, but instead planned to "pick up a couple of guys from 7-11" to help him clean-up.

Other homeowners started cleaning out debris; one had a pump going, emptying water from his basement while others stood on their cell phones, trying to reach their contractors.

Driving into West Hampton Dunes, residents were greeted with sandy roads from several washovers, one near Pikes Beach, which left piles of sand.

Some West Hampton Dunes residents, near the end of the roadway, were still unable to access their homes as that portion of the road that leads to Cupsogue Beach was still flooded.

An officer standing guard noted that the Cupsogue pavillion is still standing and that the deck is also intact.

Village of Westhampton Beach workers were already out, cleaning up Rogers Beach, which suffered a washover with debris from Quogue littering the beach.

And in Quogue, water still sat stagnant in the roadway and those hoping to get a glimpse of their homes drove slowly and carefully.

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Access past the Village of Quogue into the Southampton portion of Dune Road remained cut off as a washover left the roadway impassable right through to the Shinnecock Inlet. FEMA has been called into to assess that portion of Dune Road and currently only business owners that sign a waiver and have a four by four vechicle can assess that portion of Dune Road from the Ponqogugue Bridge to the Inlet.

According to Jennifer Garvey, spokeswoman for the Town of Southampton, officials are still trying to gain access west of the Ponquogue Bridge to assess damage.

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For more local coverage of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, click here and to see aerial photos of  Dune Road after Sandy, click here.

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Frank L. November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I am reposting this from another person. And I agree 100% It is time for DUNE ROAD to be transformed into a true DUNE. It will help protect the middle class residents of HAMPTON BAYS, WESTHAMPTON and other areas. Look at all the homes on DUNE ROAD now. Will the RICH try to rebuild...probably. Will the towns once again spend millions to 'replenish sand'...I hope not. Its time to be smart about all of this and force politicians to make SENSIBLE decisions for the future of our children. DUNE ROAD must be used as TRUE DUNE. A place for the rich only used in summers should be used to SAVE US ALL! Please pass this message to your friends, families and politicians!
nyc511 November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Since we are re-posting other people's comments, below is a response to another Frank's comment on the same subject: Yes, Frank, it is worth it for us taxpayers to replenish Dune Road. For starters, you are correct that many of the Dune Road homeowners are "rich," which is exactly how they are able to pay the 10's of millions of $ in taxes that the villages, towns and county collect from them. They also use few public services, such as the school system, which represents the largest share of your annual local tax bill. One reason why Hampton Bays has such high taxes compared to the neighboring oceanfront jurisdictions is because it doesn't have any oceanfront homes -- the houses stop in East Quogue. Then there is the other economic activity from Dune Road: the construction jobs, the real estates agents, the landscapers, painters, the commercial fishing fleet, the waiters and kitchen workers in the restaurants -- most, if not all of whom, are not "rich" but are "blue collar" workers. Dune Road also supplies the recreation for those residents who live mainland, as well as for the summer tourists, who also bring in millions of $. According to Tim Bishop, who seems like the type of guy you might vote for, there are 500 jobs related to the inlet (10-2-12 press rel). So, to answer your question, no; no Southampton Town politician is going to echo your comments.
Irene semente November 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Anyone know how the yardarm condo complex made out?
Patricia Spitzler November 09, 2012 at 01:44 PM
NYC511, you are 100% correct! Frank L. Is speaking from misinformation and sour grapes.

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