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Supervisor Declares Snow Emergency In Riverhead

Town Supervisor Sean Walter advised residents to stay home.

Supervisor Sean Walter declared a state of emergency in Riverhead Town due to the snow on Friday afternoon.

The declaration, which was made at approximately 4:30 p.m., means that all cars will be removed from public roads if parked there.

"We want people to refrain from driving," Walter said. "This is the perfect time for a snowstorm -- Friday night into Saturday. Everyone should hunker down, relax, enjoy the enormous snowflakes, and, if you do not have a snow blower, pay some young, healthy children to shovel this heavy, wet snow."

Walter suggested residents enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and watch Mother Nature's show -- while staying safely inside. "Enjoy it," he said.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller told the public that conditions have "severely deteriorated" on the roadways "and will not improve for some time. Driving in the town has become extremely hazardous and treacherous," he said. "Travel is not recommended."

All vehicles, he said, must be removed from roadways to give the town's highway department access to plow the snow.

Earlier Friday, the town's police department listed other tips for handling the storm.

In case of an emergency, residents are asked to dial 911 or call the Riverhead police department at 631-727-4500.

"If you can, stay home, and as always, stay informed and stay safe," Hegermiller said.

Eva June Roberts-Vazquez February 08, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Any shelters available for those without power, and who do not have outdoor generators, and no friends or family to go to? I know people whose oil burning furnaces are frozen, and if the power goes off they can't use their electric heaters.
oh yeah February 09, 2013 at 05:31 PM
30" of snow in the streets ...... No plows in NW Wading River yet, 12:30 pm Sat......
Diane Smith February 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Where are the snowplows? Not one spotted. Not even one drive through. In case of emergency we are in trouble. This is unacceptable !!!!! Where are the town snowplows??
bob February 10, 2013 at 01:14 PM
South road, Gladys Rd. No access for Police, Fire or Rescue. The roads have not been plowed. This leaves many Riverhead residents on there own with no help in an emergency. We need to get plows here now.
Karen February 10, 2013 at 02:15 PM
We are trapped in our neighborhood, no information provided on local news station for Riverhead Town and no announcements made on Riverhead tv channel. Agree with Bob- in the event of emergency we have no access out of our development- we are also located on South Road, Wading River. A little information would go along way. Haven't we learned anything from Hurricane Sandy?
Karen February 10, 2013 at 09:45 PM
We had two plows come through around 2:30. We want to thank them for a job well done. Hoping our town will develop a means to communicate to its residents during times of natural disaster. Thanks again.

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