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Oct 10, 2019 5:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Crews Maneuver 100 Truck Loads Of Sand To Bolster Hampton Bays Dune

County and state crews helped rebuild a nearly 100-yard dune that was breached during a nor'easter on Thursday night. GREG WEHNER
Oct 11, 2019 3:29 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 1:20 p.m.



Crews worked through Thursday night to bolster a nearly 100-yard dune that breached along Dune Road in Hampton Bays, near the Shinnecock commercial docks.

According to Mr. Schneiderman, the project moved 100 truck loads of sand from a county-owned property near the Shinnecock Inlet parking lot to the breach, where it was maneuvered using heavy machinery.

The new dunes are 12 feet high, according to Suffolk County Chief Engineer Bill Hillman, and should hold up to the heavy surf during the next few tidal cycles.

Mr. Hillman expected his crews would be done with the work by noon on Friday, and officials would keep an eye on the conditions after the crews left.

Mr. Schneiderman said he reached out to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for assistance in addressing the breach along with the state.

Town highway department crew members were not at the scene moving sand around, although Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said the breach contingency plan — that was created after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene — requires him to get the state and county involved.

As state and county crews worked on filling the breach, Mr. Gregor said, his crews were out on Friday addressing other areas that were flooded while also clearing downed trees.

On Friday afternoon, Mr. Gregor forwarded images of Towd Point, showing the road fully submerged.

Mr. Gregor said residents who live in communities along the Peconic Bay should be aware that over the next couple of high tide cycles, they may experience flooding. On top of the heavy winds out of the north that are pushing the water onto the northern shores of the South Fork, a full moon on Sunday could bring even more water onto land.

UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.



Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said state and county crews plan to work through the night beginning at midnight, to bolster the dunes along a 4-mile stretch of Dune Road.

According to Mr. Schneiderman, a dune near the Shinnecock commercial fishing docks was nearly wiped out by heavy surf with the high tide.

Low tide will be close to midnight, and will open a nearly six-hour timeframe to allow crews to truck sand from Cupsogue to the breach on the opposite end of the island. Once there, heavy machinery will move it around to build up the dunes, Mr. Schneiderman said.

Power to the area has been turned off for safety measures, to prevent crewmembers from getting electrocuted.

He also said heavy erosion has occurred at Tiana Beach, and he has heard reports from Quogue that staircases and decks of homes have washed away.

UPDATE: 7:40 p.m.



Big surf and strong winds from a nor’easter sitting in the Atlantic Ocean caused a section of Dune Road in Hampton Bays to experience washovers on Thursday night.

According to Aram Terchunian, the owner of First Coastal Corp., washovers occurred on the western side of Shinnecock Inlet near the commercial fishing docks.

He added that Suffolk County was working to bolster the dunes where the breach occurred, but crews were having a tough time under the conditions.

ORIGINAL STORY:



Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Thursday declared a state of emergency due to severe erosion and the potential of coastal flooding along the eastern end of Dune Road in Hampton Bays in anticipation of a nor’easter expected in the area Thursday evening into Friday.

The section of greatest concern is east of the Ponquogue Bridge and opposite the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock, according a release issued by the town on Thursday.

The supervisor’s declaration indicates an emergency exists or likely will exist and allows the closing of streets and other measures as deemed necessary, the release said.

The emergency declaration allows the town to accelerate any required coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation to move sand and rebuild the dune. It also allows the town to request assistance from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works to bring in heavy equipment to reconstruct the dune, if necessary, according to the statement.

The National Weather Service on Thursday afternoon issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” warning, advising of strong winds and coastal flooding. A wind advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday and a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Friday.

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Let it stay washed over for a little bit that's mother nature trying to purify the Bay. It used to wash over there every single year And the water was much cleaner
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 10, 19 7:55 PM
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doesn't the inlet do that ?
By dtrain (10), Dallas on Oct 11, 19 3:26 AM
Yes the inlet def does that. Chief1 is just a lost soul. This comment Chief has made has to be one of the funniest and unintelligent comment. LOL. Mother Nature trying to purify the bay? Stop hugging your tree. The bay gets in your words "purified" by the inlet.
By watchoutnow968 (56), Southampton on Oct 11, 19 6:11 AM
I remember packing fish into a truck at the pavilion using a duck provided by the town. Nature takes what it want.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 10, 19 8:46 PM
Those glaciers pouring cold water into the Atlantic sure we're cold, remember? Although there's nothing better than barbecued giant ground sloth, right all you old-timers? The pleistocene era! Those were the good old days.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Oct 10, 19 10:15 PM
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Recent high tides are running 3' above normal in western Peconic Bay, and about 2' above normal at Fort Pond Montauk. With this strong North wind, Flanders and Lazy Point EH are probably not friendly places to be tonight.

Prayers for all north-facing waterfront homes.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 10, 19 10:50 PM
The water level at the Fort Pond tide station 8510560 appears to be rising very quickly this morning. The next high tide is just after 8 AM. Expect it to be about 3' above normal IMO, and to last quite a while, due to the increasing NNE winds, which are driving water from Long Island Sound into the entire Gardiners/Peconic Bays estuary.

The western Peconic Bay tide station at the Indian Island CR105 bridge should also show this tidal surge later this morning.

Stay safe.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 11, 19 5:25 AM
It's as if scientists are correct and anthropogenic climate change is causing sea levels to rise.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Oct 11, 19 8:26 AM
30 years ago that breach was every year, along with the one before Summers beach club and the westhampton washout. The water was clean then is that a coincidence. To think the Shinnecock inlet drains all the bays is so ignorant.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 11, 19 4:06 PM
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There was a whole lot less development and nitrogen leaching into the bays from septic tanks 30 years ago too. Let's not forget about the main reason our bays our now disgusting.
By Enviro Guy (55), Southampton on Oct 17, 19 12:50 PM
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Chief, plenty of other reasons for the bays water quality.30 years ago the bay wasn’t ringed with homes. There’s a lot more than the inlet involved.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 11, 19 4:16 PM
Along with water quality aspects.... The commercial fishing docking facility has been in jeopardy ever since the army corps inlet jetty project in my opinion, was ill conceived engineered then delivered. After that the sand bypass proposal never materialized. Being proactive with dune restoration / maintenance (at least with sand fencing) could go a long way if implemented on a regular basis. Never see this happening.
While I do not disparage the hard work of many to "shore up" breaches ...more
By semi local (19), southampton on Oct 11, 19 8:33 PM
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All the guys with NEW rain jackets are patting each other on their backs and probably went for a luncheon...
I thank to guys that ran the machines and drove the trucks, pat your selfs on yours backs, they won't.
Job well done...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 11, 19 11:53 PM
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Let's not get carried away, knitter. Those guys who "ran the machines and drove the trucks" are paid very well to do so by the County and State and get great benefits while doing so. I don't begrudge them any of that but let's keep it in perspective.

Some overtime this week is a whole lot easier on them than overnight shifts plowing snow in January. If there was no breach to fill what exactly would they have been doing?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 12, 19 1:15 AM
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Jay with skinny jeans just lost my vote.
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 19 9:33 AM
Wow!

Wishing the best for all and thankful for the dune repairs.

Depending upon surf conditions we used to surf on either the East or West side of the jetty. And then there was the time both sides were blown out so we surfed inside the inlet where it was 5' and clean!
By da-cat (2), Port Washington on Oct 12, 19 9:55 AM
Miki Dora lives. Great name
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 12, 19 9:59 AM
Keeping the Faith!
I like to think Miki Dora would have liked my Rick Surfboards UFO model. Like his da-cat surfboard, it was just about the most high performance a classic 9-6 could be- with stepped deck, knife edge rails and deep v tail.
By da-cat (2), Port Washington on Oct 12, 19 10:26 AM
He was a legend, not the greatest guy, but a true legend.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 12, 19 10:46 AM
There have always been houses on the waterfront for the last 40 years. The water doesnt circulate like it use to The moriches inlet is a disaster the bay isnt dredged and the breaches arent being left open. Not to mention almost every road on the shinnecock pay runs into the bay.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 12, 19 10:36 AM
Chief, not like it is today. With house’s come lawns. Thirty yrs ago, 90% of lawns were brown in the summer, no longer. It’s changed a lot in the last 30 yrs, not for the better.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 12, 19 10:48 AM
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This is a gross misuse of tax payer dollars for political gain. This dune has been breached before and has only been a few feet wide for about 2 years. They have had plenty of time to fix this problem but unfortunately for us it wasn’t during an election year. I wonder if the amount of photographers were greater than the amount of men and women working to fix the dune. Pathetic politicians all of them. Bellone Jay and Fleming vote them out!!!!!!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Oct 12, 19 11:34 AM
This is a gross misuse of tax payer dollars for political gain. This dune has been breached before and has only been a few feet wide for about 2 years. They have had plenty of time to fix this problem but unfortunately for us it wasn’t during an election year. I wonder if the amount of photographers were greater than the amount of men and women working to fix the dune. Pathetic politicians all of them. Bellone Jay and Fleming vote them out!!!!!!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Oct 12, 19 11:34 AM
Anyone remember the washout in West Hampton? When it blew through it certainly cleaned up the bay there, we had a GREAT set of hard clams and the piss clams set up that same year! not to mention a great bar in front for surfing. Too bad they closed it up.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 12, 19 12:02 PM
Vos, guess we need speeches to get the job done. Had to stop the trucks so we could hear the speeches/
Overtime comes and goes, workers don't depend on it to live.They probably would have been home with their families as I was.
Thanks guys and gals...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 13, 19 9:59 AM
Fred total bs. The bays here are mostly stagnant with very little water filtering into the ocean
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 14, 19 2:46 PM
All Summer long I watch people park at the commercial dock and the commercial pack out dock parking lots so they can go to the beach without a permit. How do they get to the beach They walk in droves right over the Dune. Inspite of my requests to them to please do not walk on our fragile Dune, they have something nasty to say, and continue on . Back and forth. I know this is not the main reason the Dune washed away, but it doesnt help. Geeze growing up, it was almost a sin to walk on the Dunes ! ...more
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Oct 17, 19 8:40 PM
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