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Residents Report of Unplowed Roads, No Electric Around Port Jefferson

Readers tell us where the trouble spots are in the region.

It's day two after a blizzard shrouded Port Jefferson in more than two feet of snow, and one question continues ring out from frustrated locals: Where are the plows?

Officials in Brookhaven have said the volume of snow, and the many abandoned cars on the major roadways, has slowed down plowing efforts. The Town put up an online form where residents can add their streets to a list of the many still unplowed. On Sunday, Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld questioned whether there was a clear plan or proper preparation ahead of time.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said 529 pieces of equipment are being sent to the region to help with snow removal.

Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant has been in constant contact with residents through messages sent to Patch. On Saturday she told village residents to stay home so crews can plow. On Sunday morning she updated the community on the village’s progress.

“Village crews worked throughout the night and have minimally opened up each road in the village so they are passable,” she said. “They continue to work with emergency and power outage streets as the priority.”

Read Mayor Garant’s entore message to residents from Sunday morning.

Despite efforts by the Town and Village, many residents reported that they have yet to see plows, meaning that those without electricity haven’t been restored despite being out since the storm began on Friday.

National Grid said on Saturday that i and it is working with municipalities to get access.

Update: Garant said that the village is coordinating with the power company to get people hooked back up again. "We have a crew working hand in hand with LIPA," she said.

Private communities have experienced trouble getting snow removal companies contracted by homeowner's associations to clear their roads as well.

Temperatures have dipped down to 48 degrees inside some homes in Fairfield Landmark off Dark Hollow Road, which has also remained unplowed.

Marcelo Litovsky, who lives on Pinnacle Drive, sent Patch pictures when he trekked out of his home through village back roads.

“We have no power or heat at Pinnacle Drive,” he reported. “The complex has not being plowed at all, so all the cars are stuck. Even if you could get your car out of the complex, Dark Hallow Road is completely blocked going north. I do not know what it looks like going south.”

Litovsky walked north on Dark Hallow Rd, then headed west on Old Post Road and north on Brook Road. He said that a house he owns on Brook Road has power, but the only way his family can get there is by hiking, about a three-quarter of a mile trek.

“I took the trip by myself to charge batteries and reach out to our families,” he said. “I hope the plows get to work soon and power is restored. I don't think we will be able to stay at Pinnacle Drive beyond tonight.”

A tree came down on Dark Hollow Road and took power lines down with it, according to Litovsky, calling the road “a big mess.”

“I though LIPA was going around after Sandy and clearing any trees that could potentially cut wires,” he said in an email to Patch. “They did not do a very good job on Dark Hallow Road.”

Inside his home, it was 48 degrees inside when he woke up on Sunday morning, almost 10 degrees colder than on Saturday.

“We kept the shades open to let the sun warm up the place during the day,” he said. “This could keep the temperature above 45 degrees overnight. I am concerned about older residents that might not be as tolerant to this temperature. Someone has to do something about this.”

Many other residents echoed Litovsky’s concerns.

“I live in a development off of Canal Road in a court (off of Griffin Drive),” a resident near Coram emailed Patch. “It is presently Sunday morning and we still have not seen a plow. The court is totally impassable, and we are literally locked in our homes. We are wondering how we will get out in case of an emergency.”

In an email to Patch one commuter said that his car is still in the Port Jefferson Long Island Railroad parking lot.

"My car has been stuck. I hope the railroad is working so I can get to work," the reader said. "The NYC Department of Education will not like that I cannot get to work. The principal does not care why."

Another resident reported that the Highlands complex in the village is snowbound.

“It was impassible last night and all of us living in the Highlands are virtually stuck in our complex,” the resident emailed Patch on Sunday. “The whole complex is trapped if we can't drive on Highlands Boulevard.”

Update: Garant reported to Patch that crews went out to Highlands Boulevard and it is passable.

At Patch, we'd like you to help us create a list of what's plowed and not plowed so far. Just add a comment below with the name of your street and whether it is plowed or not. Send this link to people you know so we can create a comprehensive list.

Sue M. February 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Its Sunday afternoon and we still havent seen a plow before , during or after the storm. A few roads in my neighborhood were plowed once during the storm but thats it..I live on Felway Drive in Coram right off route 112
wendy February 10, 2013 at 09:09 PM
its sunday afternoon halsey has no been plowed or old town rd. Halsey st is off greenhaven dr and broadway.. I heard 347 is a mess too....
Kathy Dundon Merritt February 11, 2013 at 02:48 AM
9:42 on Sunday night. No plows during or after the storm. I live on Stuyvesant dr Off Magnolia Dr in Selden This is outrageous. WHERE ARE THE PLOWS!!!!!!!!! My road is impassable God forbid there is a fire or someone needs an ambulance, Trucks will not be able to get in here.
Mels Ditties February 11, 2013 at 03:26 AM
347 is still a mess....Cars still stuck all over the place by Walmart & Atria
Empire Pools Inc February 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Kensington Way has parts of it un plowed and the whole neighborhood has had only 1 plow go through since the storm..Where are the plows?
Pete C February 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Here on Phoenix Ave in Port Jeff Station, we havent seen or heard a plow working the whole storm, we have a 90 year lady on the block as well as a special needs child, this is beyond words on whats going on here, and the whole town should resign of ineptness..
danielle February 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM
There is no excuse for this. Its now Monday morning and our road on Clymer street has not been touched by a plow at all. I've missed work 2 days in a row already, and this is going on the 3rd day. Last night to top it off, a plow or two were in our area yet they plowed my cross street and other blocks and ignored ours. This is unreal. People need to work, and get out. Send us help!
Jennifer ROTUNNO February 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
North bleeker st in port Jefferson village hasn't been touched. It's now Monday morning and I am still a prisoner in my home. All surrounding streets have been plowed. I have called the highway dept at least 20x. This is a disgrace. There are 2 families forgotten about over here.
Britannic1 February 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM
On Block Blvd in Port Jeff Station and, as others have stated, not one plow has been through our streets. Usually the crews that Brookhaven contracts to clear our streets are out during the storms to keep the snow accumulation in check. Not one plow was seen Friday afternoon or evening. Block Blvd has at least 30" of snow on it and everyone is unable to get out short of walking. Granted the storm intensified during the Friday rush hour but it seems that neither the state, county or Brookhaven Town were prepared to deal with it (Even Nicholls Rd, which goes into a Stony Brook Hospital hadn't been adequately cleared as of Saturday afternoon!). Now only heavy duty equipment can do the job and rain is forecasted for today. What a mess that is going to be! What about all the lost wages many of us will have to endure? Will the town reimburse taxpayers for that? Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County and NY State DOT should be ashamed of their "Too little - too late" performance with this storm.
s l m February 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Everyone keeps saying that is not the workers fault, but rather the officials at the top. That is most definitely true, but when you see town worker vehicles parked in front of their homes on a regular basis during work hours, and listen to their wives during PTA events nonchalantly talk about how their significant other is mowing the lawn when they should really be at work, it can really get to you. OK, you abuse your job through the year and have a sense of entitlement, but at least be there for us during an emergency-if not, you are completely useless. I can't listen to another person tell me how selfless someone is ( that someone being a family member of course) for doing their job-which they aren't even doing. Good ole' Crookhaven of my youth....it's back or it never left.
f February 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM
as of this morning, 347 in PJS is still a mess (one open lane) between 112 and Old Town Road. Traffic lights not working. Terryville road IN FRONT OF THE FIREHOUSE remains in 6-12 inches of slushy snow. ?????????????????????????? I remember be annoyed by the number and frequency of plows going thru town in the past, cause it was so noisy. But this is ridiculous!
Ana Prado February 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM
It's really a shame that we live right behind the "firehouse" and we have yet to see a Snow Plow. We are in PJS OFF OF COLONY RD. on Priscilla Lane. We all need to work and get our daily needs, God forbid there's an EMERGRNCY & we are ALL DOOMED in this culdesac!!
frank d'adeario February 11, 2013 at 03:41 PM
i hope you are enjoying your vacation ed romaine, because this will be your last one as town supervisor. what a leader you turned out to be, you are not qualified for the position.where are the plows? your deputy town supervisor is just as inept as you.he keeps making all kinds of excuses,and tells us help is on the way.i'm in need of heart medication,81 years old,and i cannot get out of my house or able to get my prescriptions by mail,maybe the two of you should apply for a job with LIPA asthey need individuals who are not qualified to do anything.see you at the polls in november.hope you are able to find a job
Mels Ditties February 11, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Middle Country Rd, Middle Island HORRIBLE!!!...My driver just called in and said in his 30+ years of driving, he has NEVER seen anything like it!..Especially DAYS after a storm...Huge ICE chucks all over the road...rode the brakes the entire length & got a good vibrating massage along the way!... It's so very strange...Some roads are ok, and some haven't been touched...some are partially cleared and some are one lane... There HAS to be SOMEONE that can get the town officials by the short ones and DEMAND an explanation AND get this mess cleaned up!!!
Jeffrey Feuer February 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
and we pay taxes for...........? How about next time the town does nothing and alots each neighborhood a certain amount of money to do it themselves.In the meantime they are expected to fulfill there side of the arrangement. If this was a small business that forgot about you or decided to put you later on there list they would expect to get fired or at least pulled from the job. I have not seen but 1 plow in my neighborhood. And that was on friday. Montrose drive pjs
Annie Gurl February 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Thanks for the info on Highlands Blvd. We've been trapped here for days now.
Annie Gurl February 11, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Mels...any idea what Route 112 from PJ to Coram is like today? I'm driving a Beetle and need to get to work on Tuesday morning or before. THanks.
Yvonne Affronti February 12, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I would like to know when the business people who have shops on East Main St in Port Jeff Village can resume our businesses so that our customers can pull up to our stores and come in? I and many others have been without income since Friday. We need some help here or we'll all be closing our doors.


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