November 7, 2012
Over the next several days, we will be providing daily updates focusing on but not limited to the following information: road conditions, utility restoration, debris cleanup and emergency recovery information. These updates will be available on the Town’s website.
1. Updated weather information predicts 25 – 35 mph sustained northerly winds with gusts up to 60 mph, and heavy rain accumulations. The Flanders/Riverside and Noyac areas have the potential for moderate coastal flooding late this afternoon and into the evening hours.
2. Due to the approaching coastal storm, the Town is advising residents in low lying areas of East Quogue, Hampton Bays, and Flanders to voluntarily evacuate today, especially before high tide in these areas. There is concern about the potential for a breach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays at Tiana Beach. A breach at this location would affect low lying areas across the bay in Hampton Bays and East Quogue. Also, the northeast wind will cause increased flooding potential and wave action for waterfront residents in Flanders. Firefighters and emergency personnel have been going door to door in these areas to alert residents about the coming storm and to recommend evacuation.
3. Dune Road is currently closed, both from the Ponquogue Bridge access and from the Quogue Bridge access, until further notice. This is being done because of the potential of additional flooding that may accompany the nor’easter storm currently affecting this area.
4. The Town has coordinated with the Suffolk County Red Cross and local churches to establish the following temporary, and in some case limited, shelters:
a. Hampton Bays Senior Center
25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays
Open until 7 PM this evening.
b. David W. Crohan Community Center
655 Flanders Road, Riverside
Open until 7PM this evening.
c. United Methodist Church*
160 Main Street, Southampton Village
Will provide overnight lodging, rest rooms (no showers), light snacks and charging station for electronic devices.
*If overnight stay is needed, please arrive to the shelter between 7PM-9PM.
Contact: Reverend Leslie Duroseau (516-457-8577 or 631-283-0951)
d. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
165 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays
Open from 11 to 4 PM. No overnight lodging, rest rooms (no showers), light snacks and charging station for electronic devices.
Contact: Jennifer (631-728-0776)
5. The North Sea Transfer and the Hampton Bays Transfer Stations will be open Sunday, November 11, Veterans Day for individuals impacted by the Hurricane Sandy. Residential self-haulers can continue to dump storm-related brush at the transfer stations through November 17. The Green Bag policy is back in effect as of tomorrow, November 8, for household refuse.
6. The curbside pick up for Hurricane Sandy and Fall Clean Up have been consolidated into one program beginning on November 19. A schedule has been established by the Highway department and is available on the Town’s website.
7. The Southampton Emergency Operations Center will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and can be reached at 728-3030. Outside of these hours, please call the police non-emergency number at 728-3400 if you need assistance. Questions can also be answered at the Supervisor’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 283-6055.
8. Information regarding FEMA disaster assistance for homeowners and businesses is available on the Town’s website. FEMA can also be contacted directly at its website at www.disasterassistance.gov, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The website has comprehensive information on federal and local assistance available for both individuals and businesses.