Long Beach officials ask residents to shovel displaced neighbors' sidewalks.
as many as 30 percent of permanent residents still living outside of Hurricane
Sandy-battered Long Beach, the city is asking their neighbors to do their part
during and after Nor’easter
is expected to blanket Long Island Friday
evening into Saturday morning.
have a lot of homes that are still unoccupied in the city, so we’re going to
ask some folks to be good neighbors and make sure the sidewalks are clear and
open,” Jim LaCarrubba, Long Beach’s commissioner of public works, said Friday
afternoon. “That’s a concern of ours.”
The request —
along with officials asking residents to remove
their vehicles from the streets
and avoid shoveling snow from their
driveway into the middle of roads —
part of the city’s greater effort to prepare for clean up after a snowstorm
that is forecasted to bring about a foot of snow to Long Beach.
Beach has about 40 vehicles to clear snow from the streets, from plows to
payloaders to dump trucks. Toward that end, the city employed the Swift911
system Thursday to inform residents of a declared
that would begin at 6 a.m. Friday,
in order to clear the primary emergency routes of vehicles.
going to be out there with the snowstorm the whole night,” LaCarrubba said.
“With the rain today and then the snow on top of the rain, we’re going to have
that layer of ice and the roads are going to be very slippery. If you can avoid
going out tonight, do so. It will make it a lot easier for the residents, but
it will also make it a lot easier for our vehicles to move around.”
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state regulations prohibit the city’s past practice of dumping snow into
Reynolds Channel, the city has designated lots throughout the city for dumping.
These include two lots on Broadway, one between Lafayette and Laurelton
Boulevards, and the Superblock, between Riverside and New York boulevards. The
parking lot at the Recreation Center, which is currently closed, will also be
used to dump snow, as well as another site on Park Place.
has some, if not many, storm-wary
about flooding. The Nor’easter is
forecasted to bring 55-mph wind gusts and coastal flooding, and high tides
arrive at approximately 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday in Long Beach. This,
after Hurricane Sandy wiped out the protective dunes and destroyed the
boardwalk three months ago. Meanwhile, as officials make plans to restore both
entities, the city has created makeshift dunes along the stretch of beach from
the east to west ends.
held so far,” LaCarrubba said of the temporary dunes or berms. “This storm
doesn’t seem to be presenting anything different than any of the Nor’easters
that have come through.”
most recent severe winter storm in Long Beach arrived the
day after Christmas in 2010, when a blizzard that struck the region
dumped about two feet of snow on the barrier island, and strong winds produced
drifts that added to the totals in many areas. Following that storm, residents
hit City Hall with a flurry of complaints about snow removal. Chief among them
were that streets were not plowed days after the storm, and in some
neighborhoods, such as the West End and Canals, large snow plows could not fit
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