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Heavy Rains Spark Flooding In Some Riverhead Spots

Flooding in parts of Riverhead was caused by heavy rains Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Mother Nature battered the Riverhead area with some heavy rain and strong winds Tuesday night into Wednesday morning -- causing flooding and some other issues for residents.

The parking lot near the Peconic River was flooded duing high tide on Wednesday in downtown Riverhead, as well as in "all the usual spots," said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller, who said there had been no weather-related accidents to report.

According to Ashley Sears, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton, the Riverhead area saw between .9 and one-and-a-quarter inches of rain overall, with wind gusts of between 40 and 45 miles per hour.

Into the afternoon, Sears said residents can expect scattered showers through the night and into Thursday, with winds diminishing. Light rain showers are expected to continue through the weekend, although high winds and flooding are not expected to be an issue, Sears said.

The recent wind and rains also "caused some disruption" to the phone lines at the East End Arts Council, as well. Those wishing to contact staff are asked to email info@eastendarts.org.


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