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City Preps for First Post-Sandy Blizzard

Long Beach officials ask residents to shovel displaced neighbors' sidewalks.

City of Long Beach snowplow is readied for Friday's storm. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
City of Long Beach snowplow is readied for Friday's storm. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
With 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 Nemo is expected to blanket Long Island Friday evening into Saturday morning.   

“We 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 is 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.

Long 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 snow emergency that would begin at 6 a.m. Friday, in order to clear the primary emergency routes of vehicles.

“We’re 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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Since 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.

Nemo has some, if not many, storm-wary residents concerned 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.

“It’s 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.”

The 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 on narrow streets. 

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Eddie February 08, 2013 at 05:30 PM
National Weather Service: 5 to 9 inches, Wind 29 to 32 MPH. Tidal departures: 2 to 4 ft above astronomical tides. Wave action, 9 to 13 ft breaking waves along the ocean facing High tides, 6 - 8 pm and am
Taurus February 09, 2013 at 07:35 AM
32" of snow dumped in Suffolk towns....as of 7am Saturday.
Jack February 09, 2013 at 09:04 AM
With all of this will the surfers still block the dune project?
Eddie February 09, 2013 at 09:24 AM
About 7" here on the East End, 12" in spots.
Goingplaces February 09, 2013 at 02:19 PM
The sun will melt most of it, hopefully
Jack February 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
With all of this will the surfers still block the dune project?
Jack February 10, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Anybody hear anything about a big problem at lido tpwers?
Eddie February 10, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Yes, lots of sand and gross mismanagement.
Elliot Zuckerman February 10, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Jack now there you go again about the surfers, now as a smart man do you really believe that surfers had that power? hell a few years ago here in LB surfing was illegal and now they can make such decisions ?the plan was flawed and even if it was instituted do you truly feel it would have saved our city, odds are no way and what about all us in the canals and west end area t and for that matter everyone on the bay side that was slammed from the bay? yea those stupid surfers, it was turned down for many unanswered questions, but I am just some stupid guy wanting to hang ten..

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