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Town Highway Crews Removing Abandoned Cars

With many roads clogged with idle and abandoned cars, Brookhaven highway department will be clearing town and county roads.

With "hundreds" of cars estimated to be stranded on the road throughout Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town has alerted motorists that if their car has become disabled and is abandoned in the middle of any county or town roadway, it may not be there when they return.

Nesconset Fire Department crews are on Route 347 in Lake Grove, assisting motorists who had stayed in their cars for extended periods, using their fire station as a warming station. Close to 30 cars are estimated to be holding up snow plows from clearing the roads.

Route 347, a state road, is currently impassible in both directions near the Smith Haven Mall, according to a public information official.

And Selden and Farmingville crews were dispatched to Country Road 83 Friday night, as many roads have become clogged with idle cars.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine demanded all non-emergency vehicles off the roadways at 10 a.m. Saturday, after calling a state of emergency Friday night.

"Town crews are working to clear the roads and will continue their efforts until all are safe and passable," reads a notification from the Town.

Brookhaven Town reported that drivers whose cars become disabled should make arrangements to move them as soon as possible, and should they not find their car there when they come back to get it, to call 631-451-TOWN (8696).

For homes without power – nearly 11,000 throughout the Long Island Power Authority grid – clearing the roads is a number one priority before power crews can get in to restore power, according to a National Grid spokesperson.

Tom bone February 10, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Want to thank all the emergency workers today who were away from their own homes and family rescuing trapped people who should of stayed home!
Nunzio Vitale February 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Most of those people were coming home from work.
Mels Ditties February 10, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Have you seen HOW they are removing these cars in many areas (one video I saw was from Rt83 in Farmingville)....FORKLIFTS!...I realize that these cars have to be moved in order to clean the roads, but I can't begin to imagine the damage the undercarriage of the car when lifted/transported by forklift...
Linda February 10, 2013 at 01:51 PM
when is the ban going to be lifted? And when will all the streets be cleared? We have not seen a plow since the storm began 4x4 get stuck trying to get out and some have work today, Sunday and then theres school tommorow
Neutral Tom February 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM
This is what happens when you let unqualified political hacks runs a department. Keep this in mind when you go vote for the new Highway Supervisor on March 15. Sometimes the right man for the job is a Woman !!
Laurie February 10, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Not one plow has come down our block! My 62 yo husband is now out there shoveling and I'm worried he'll have a heart attack! We had better progress during the 78 storm. This is ridiculous! I am so sick of our taxes going up every year and we get less and less in the process.
Linda February 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I know these guys are working hard, but it the town that didnt send them out fast enough, drop ice, sand w.er soon enought. If other townships arent having these problems you cant blame the snow. yes we had 33.5 inches but everyone had 27 plus, so 3-6 " isnt going to stop a plow in its tracks. They should have been out from 2 pm on fri and kept going till its done
Mark G. February 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Has anyone heard if Sachem SD will be closed tomorrow?
Pissed off!!!!!!!!!!! February 10, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Yeah and then there Stony Brook University Hospital who is not allowing their employees to call in "SNOW" they expect All their employees to make it to work. What a Job! I haven't seen a plow since the storm and am surrounded by abandoned cars in front of my house.Got my truck stuck in the snow many times! It's difficult walk or drive with two feet of snow! What was the Sense of Gov.Cuomo declaring a Stat of Emergency??????????????
Pissed off!!!!!!!!!!! February 10, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Amen! The roads in Rocky Point are forgotten lands. No plows only a few private individuals with big trucks and plows did a little. But my taxes are 10,000 plus go figure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda February 10, 2013 at 08:06 PM
some neighborhoods have been done but probably 1 in 10. We cant get out, my girls have lost 3 days pay. Now Im just hoping they cancel college classes cause there is no way she can get out plus where she has to park hasnt been plowed
SN63 February 11, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Yes...My boyfriend saw a blue car with Jersey plates by the Coram diner on Rt 112, that was on a snow mound about 10 ft high!!! To bad he didn't get a pic, but you can use your imagination. By the way, he saw it this morning. Yesterday he passed the same area and didn't see it.

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