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Walter Deploying Town Crews To Plow Wading River

The supervisor said help is on the way for residents who have been without a snow plow.

After the snow began to fall, snow plows began the task of digging out around Riverhead.

But, according to residents in Wading River, nary a snow plow was to be seen.

"Where are the snow plows? In Wading River NE? Nothing, not one came through here. This is insane. We have 30" of snow; Riverhead should be ready for this and not have a problem. Are we back in the 1930s? If there is an emergency, we are screwed," wrote Diane Smith on Riverhead Patch's Facebook page. "I'm very disappointed. We are all working families here that have to get out tomorrow morning safely. Lots of plowing, sanding, and slating need to be done here."

"We are trapped in our neighborhood, no information provided on local news station for Riverhead Town and no announcements made on the Riverhead TV channel," wrote a reader named Diane on Riverhead Patch's Facebook page. "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 a long way. Haven't we learned anything from Hurricane Sandy?"

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter responded Sunday morning: "The answer is, there's a lot of snow," he said. Walter, who lives in Wading River, said he understood residents' concerns.

"What I'm doing is redeploying building and grounds trucks to Wading River," the supervisor said.

Walter said he had deployed "every available asset out there," including vehicles from the sewer, building and grounds, and water departments.

"We ask residents for patience -- but we'll get it done," the supervisor said.

Riverhead Town, meanwhile, remains in a snow emergency, Walter said, adding that navigating the roads is "tough going," for residents without four-wheel drive, front wheel drive or a high axle SUV.

Roads, Walter said, still have a few inches of ice stuck to the asphalt, especially the side and secondary roads. Primary roads, he said, should be open and passable on Sunday with Highway Superintendant George "Gio" Woodson then focusing on secondary roads.

Cars do remain stranded in certain part of town, Walter said. "People left their cars in places they shouldn't be," he said. "But you can't dictate common sense."

The town vehicles were expected to head to Wading River Sunday morning.

Matthew Daly February 10, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I'm curious to know if there was continual plowing to keep up with the snow. In the past I always saw trucks plowing and sanding as the snow piled up. I see many complaints that no plows were seen and now there's so much snow piled up it seems like a huge task. Brookhaven residents have observed the same.
Riverhead February 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Woodson announced Friday night that he had to pull his trucks off the road due to whiteout conditions. It was not safe for the drivers to be out there. So a lot of snow fell and couldn't be plowed until the morning.
Matthew Daly February 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Understandable but it was unusual not to see any plows during the hours preceding those conditions.
Interior designer JoAnne Conway February 10, 2013 at 05:31 PM
In Birchwood, Wading River Our neighbor are out with their snow blowers trying to clear the roads incase of another emergency. Yesterday there was a need for an ambulance in our area. The Police and fire personell as well as the ambulance got stuck on Hidden Acres Path.
John O February 10, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Sean Walters and the Town should be embarassed about the way they've handled this. At the very least all communities should have immediately had one pass down every road to handle emergency situations with clean up after this was achieved. this becomes a matter of Public Safety. I dont know about you, but I'm approachiong $15,000.00 a year in taxes and should be getting better govt services than waiting close to forty eight hours... and still no plows in Meadow Creast. Sorry Sean, but this is unacceptable and dangerous.
J F February 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Where were they deployed to, because they're not down my block yet. It's 3:30 pm Sunday afternoon.
Greenport Native February 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
By Sunday, the lack of plowing in Wading River is intolerable, dangerous, and a result of Riverhead Town official's incompetence. Thanks to the Riverhead Patch for reporting the people's voice, unlike Riverhead Local, whose angry, insulting, unprofessional diatribe is an attack against Riverhead Town audience. With Southold Town digging its residents out by Saturday, heavily taxed Riverhead Town residents have a legitimate gripe. They need their local government to respond effectively, to plow *their* streets on a timely basis. Other towns have succeeded. Riverhead Town has failed miserably. Shame on Riverhead Local for not being the voice of the people. http://www.riverheadlocal.com/blogs/8503-enough-with-the-griping-already
Prof Mike Edelson February 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM
So Walters diverts resources to Wading River - his home neighborhood. NO SURPRISE >
Ann Magliola February 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Poor management I live on a road that has been improperly plowed 2 times leaving a 4' mound and the road impassable have left 2 messages on the Highway Dept. voicemail with no response or action, mailbox not full so someone somewhere is picking up messages again POOR Management and unacceptable.
WR resident February 11, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I have not seen one plow in Wading River. It is almost 11pm and just walked my dog in the driveway. It is absolutely silent outside. No trucks. Nothing. Silence. We must get out tomorrow morning for work. I do not have confidence that this is going to happen. I remember a similar snow storm when Cardinale was Supervisor. We sat waiting for plows for days. It doesn't matter who is running the town. Mother Nature is the only one on the job right now. I will wait patiently for plows to show up but patience is running thin.
cm February 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Lets all remember this on election day. When we really need our town officials they failed. They failed us. No excuse. Only finger pointing.
Kirk Siemsen February 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
As a Wading River resident, having no political association with members of the Town of Riverhead I find it pretty remarkable the negative comments coming from my community given the circumstances of this winter Nor'easter. Approximately 30” of snow fell in white-out conditions friday and saturday, this was a huge storm. When this baby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTOW8FwfPbY showed up on my block late Sunday afternoon, I can only say that all my neighbors where very appreciative. I did not know the name George Woodson at the time, but I do now. Apparently Mr George Woodson, Riverhead superintendent of highways has been working to update the highway fleet trucks by purchasing used equipment and restoring them at a tremendous savings to us tax payers. The negative comments seem to come at times like these, when huge storms dump unprecedented amounts of snow, coupled with the lament of “I pay high taxes”. A quick check of my own statement of real property taxes shows that approximately $700. of my annual $15,400. taxes goes to Highway. That's something to think about. Given the size of this storm compared to the size of my tax contribution I think Highway Superintendent George Woodson and Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter deserve at least some credit from the community. I personally extend my thanks for a job being very well done.
Cathy Marino February 12, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Can anyone give me information on the number streets across from wildwood state park? Are they passable? I drive a ford expedition and am wondering if the roads are passable. I am not currently in wading river? Also how is sound avenue east of king Kullen. Near eastwind?
theresa February 13, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Hear,hear! My thoughts exactly. Pretty damn good job considering getting slammed by a storm that was unprecedented. Want to blame someone/something? How 'bout "CLIMATE CHANGE".

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