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Supervisor Declares State of Emergency In Riverhead

Residents are urged to stay off the roads and to check on elderly neighbors.

With snow continuing to slam Riverhead, Town Supervisor Sean Walter has declared a state of emergency as of 6 p.m.

Up to a foot of snow or more is expected to accumulate on the North Fork.

Blowing snow is forecast to cause drifting and dangerous whiteout conditions with poor visibility, especially on north-south roads or any roads next to open spaces, Riverhead Town police said. In addition, with temperatures plunging to below zero with the wind chill factor, police have urged residents to stay indoors and to avoid traveling or driving.

"If you must leave your residence, use extreme caution and reduce speed," police said in a statement.

All roads in Riverhead are snow covered, police said Tuesday evening; highway crews are out working. Residents are asked to make sure vehicles are off the roads to facilitate plowing efforts.

In case of emergency, Riverhead residents should dial 911 or call the Riverhead Town police at 631-727-4500.

There will be no recycling pickup in Riverhead on Wednesday. In addition, all recreation programs are canceled through noon on Wednesday.

Police said moderate coastal flooding is expected at high tide and roads near the Long Island Sound, including Creek Road in Wading River and Beach Way in Baiting Hollow.

Residents are asked to not shovel snow into the street, as it creates a hazard for motorists; they are also asked to make sure fire hydrants are shoveled out and visible.

Walter also asked residents to check on their elderly neighbors and make sure pets are indoors and sheltered. 


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