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Grand Boulevard boardwalk on Friday, after a snowstorm that dropped 7.7 inches of the white stuff. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)
Grand Boulevard boardwalk on Friday, after a snowstorm that dropped 7.7 inches of the white stuff. (Photo: Joseph Kellard)

This story was corrected and updated at 2:33 p.m. 1.6.14.

While 2014’s first snowfall eroded some beaches east of the Long Beach barrier island, including Fire Island, the city’s beaches escaped any such erosion from the high waves and tides during last Thursday-Friday’s storm.

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In Long Beach, ocean waves reached within 20 feet of the boardwalk, which was damaged heavily during Hurricane Sandy and rebuilt to be more storm-resistant,  

and flooding was “very minor” in the West End and the Canals, two neighborhoods hit hardest during the hurricane in October 2012, City Manager Jack Schnirman told Newsday

But as a tide rolled in several inches of water flooded an area along West Park Avenue on Friday, Schirman said, and bulkheads along Reynolds Channel were breached during the storm, some residents told the Long Beach Herald.

Long Beach was blanketed with 7.7 inches of snow during the storm, though at least one resident, Peter Gillespie, told Patch that he measured 11 inches in his neighborhood. The city declared a snow emergency at 5 p.m.Thursday that remained in effect until noon Saturday, so that Department of Public Works crews could plow the streets as thoroughly as possible. 

When asked on Patch’s Facebook page about snow plowing on their streets, residents had mixed responses. Laura Bryant, who lives on East Park Avenue, said that every 10 minutes the crews were plowing the roads. “Great job,” she wrote at about 10:20 a.m. Friday, and Phyllis Farese wrote at about 2 p.m.: “Farrell St. in canals has plow coming down street often! Great job!” But resident Andrew Rodd wrote on at 11:30 a.m. Friday: “East Broadway was pretty bad this morning. Drove on the beach to get over to Long Beach Blvd.”

There were no major emergencies reported during the storm, Schnirman told the Herald, as the city coordinated emergency response efforts with the Nassau County, especially to maintain accessibility for emergency vehicles on the Long Beach Bridge while the Long Beach Medical Center remains closed. Said Schnirman:

"During a major event like this, the volunteer firefighters come in and often spend the night in the firehouses as a precautionary measure so they can be at the ready, and it's greatly appreciated. The city and all the residents are grateful to the volunteers for coming in and spending time away from their families."

Beachguy January 07, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Yes they are at Shines along with the surfers plotting how to stop the dunes from being built up. Down with the surfers! Down with the people in West End!
amy January 07, 2014 at 08:54 PM
We need to take flooding serious,we all need extra protection
Eddie January 12, 2014 at 01:03 PM
The ocean is rising. the west end will be under water in 50 years
moe January 12, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Yes, more "fake eddie" posts. I guess we should really call them the "wanna-be" Eddie. (...this fake "Eddie-Davis...") Can't imagine why he just doesn't express his opinions as his own, why he's such a coward. Maybe by faking being the real "Eddie-13" he thinks he'll get some of the respect the real Eddie deserves, but all (s)he accomplishes is sounding more shallow and illiterate compared to him. Hope you all realize that this guy posts dozens of times a day, under other names besides Eddie. You can usually tell because he writes like a 12 year-old. But here are a few of his many "Eddie" posts for today: ..... http://imgur.com/PdgQAwz ...... Of course, this is one of his stupidest fake posts ever: ...see... http://imgur.com/OSXKqzM ... I was really happy to read how others are realizing what the jerk's up to: ... http://imgur.com/CEU1DX2 ... By the way, taking "screen captures" like this is the only way to record what he does, since he goes back and deletes so many of his posts after the slander is done. Remember, since he made so many "fake moe" posts, I only use this screen name to discuss phony posts. Anything else from "moe" is the faker.


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