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What Roads Are Not Plowed in Miller Place-Rocky Point?

Help us create a list for the community on what roads still need to be plowed.

It's day two after a blizzard shrouded the Miller Place-Rocky Point area in more than two feet, and one question continues ring out from frustrated locals: Where are the plows?

Brookhaven Town on Saturday opened a portal on its website where folks could report unplowed roads.

Officials in other towns have said the volume of snow, and the many abandoned cars on the major roadways, has slowed down plowing efforts. Some community members have reached out to Patch and said their roads still are not plowed as late as Sunday.

Annmarie Field of Sound Beach wrote in an email to Patch that Port Jeff and Shoreham Road in Sound Beach are still not plowed.

"This WHOLE neighborhood is STILL snowed in! The Town of Brookhaven is NOT giving them any answers as to WHEN they can expect to get out & the snow is getting harder & more difficult to plow!," she wrote. "My Nephew has two children & now has NO heat. They are freezing and cannot do anything about it until someone can get in and fix it! Shame on the Town of Brookhaven for leaving their residents stranded...This is becoming a dangerous situation!"

On Facebook, Kathy Brindley asked Sunday morning, "Has anyone in MP or SB had their road plowed yet? Looking for a little hope here......"

Ellen Benedetto responded, "nope Im in the "Hollow" in M Pl nothing but the neighbor with a Bobcat."

At Patch, we'd like you to help us create a list of what's plowed and not plowed in town so far. Just add a comment below with the name of your street and whether it is plowed or not. Send this link to people you know so we can create a comprehensive list. We will be forwarding this link to the town, as well.

Louise Anne February 11, 2013 at 08:43 PM
thats because plow goes up and down miller place road all day...plowing passable roads..and constantly throwing snow back into driveways that people have broken their backs to clear!!!
MP February 11, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I live south of 25a on Oakland and plows have been coming by. The roads are not great but they have been plowed there is just no where to put all the snow. Plows have been coming by today and yesterday. The current weather today and clearing abandoned cars on main roads are exhausting a lot of resources and personnel. I understand it is a problem that the roads are not plowed and we all have to get to work but roads are being plowed.
Louise Anne February 11, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Tracy I agree..ther is no reason at all why those poor people were stranded on a main road from 3 pm on...a disgrace..the reason why they were stranded was because "you" the town of Brookhaven weren't doing "your" job!
Christine Sbaschnig- Schukat February 11, 2013 at 09:11 PM
i called the town highway dept phone number to tell them there is a flooding and icing situation on Malba and richmond hill road - they were here in 10 minutes. Call the highway number it worked for me
Tracey Mc February 11, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Contacted Jane Bonner, Council woman, Town of Brookhaven by phone. Got her aide. We were invaded by an army of plows, salters/sanders, payloaders & dump trucks less than an hour later (corner of Sunburst & Narcissus Drive, Rocky Point). Hallelujah.Thank you, congress woman - I will remember you on election day. <3
Donna February 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Jane rocks! But was she really unaware of the situation? On another note Pearl Rd., Sunburst Rd., Twilight Rd. & I'm assuming (which I really shouldn't do) most of the surrounding roads were done as well within the last hour. Not a great job - but the middle is clear at least. I offered soup & coffee - you may want to do the same!
Siobhan Uryevick February 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Stay clear of North Country Rd/MP Rd from the pond to 25A,esp by the fire house... Roads are treacherous!
Captain Howard Hawrey February 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Snow Removal In Brookhaven Town was better in 1978 then it is now. What went wrong between now and then. I also propose they look to see if OT for the Town was held back before the storm. Remember this hit us over a weekend! No true leader in the Highway Dept and with a MIA Town Supervisor didn't help any of this either. Maybe we will get lucky and a true leader will emerge from this mess!
Anonymous February 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM
True that!
DD February 12, 2013 at 01:50 AM
DD i THINK THE TOWN NEEDS TO TAKE BETTER LESSONS IN SNOW PLOWING. AND THE OTHER PROBLEM IS . THEY CAN NOT GET PRIVIIATE PLOWERS TO WORK FOR THEM WITH THE HIGH INS THEY WOULD HAVE TO CARRY. IT"S NOT WORTH IT SO THERE FOR WE DON" T HAVE ENOUGH MAN POWER. aND THE DESEL WAS NOT TO BE FOUND. THIS IS MAKING LIPA LOOK NOT AS BAD
Carol Anthony February 12, 2013 at 04:22 AM
With all respect and thanks to the workers actually plowing the streets, I have no kudos for the Town--the main roads --ALL of them--should have been plowed before the start of business on Monday. They weren't, obviously--not to mention all the secondary roads (still major arteries in many cases) that were unplowed until today. Not having enough equipment is no excuse. There are a lot of cities big and small that handle snow events bigger than ours much more efficiently. How do they do it? Maybe the town of Brookhaven should research best practices a little more.
lara buscatelli February 12, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Judy: there was an overturned oil tanker on rte 83 that day. It occurred at 12:30 closing 83 for several hours. It may have contributed.
lara buscatelli February 12, 2013 at 06:03 AM
You are receiving it back this year. If you had attended any of the budget town board meetings, $34 per taxpayer is being credited back this year. Some council members, instead of decreasing our taxes by that amount, wanted to keep it in reserve.
hmo February 12, 2013 at 07:03 AM
It is amazing that our town supervisor "did not anticipate this storm"...He left on Wednesday...I already went food shopping in preparation. He and his appointees are a disgrace! Reached on his cell phone Monday, Romaine declined to say where he was or when he left, but said he has been in constant contact with town officials since the blizzard struck. "I did not anticipate this storm, otherwise I wouldn't have left," Romaine said. "I haven't had a vacation in two years. This was the only time there wasn't a work session or town meeting." The supervisor said the airport where he is vacationing is closed, but that he plans to fly back to Kennedy Airport "as soon as possible."
monkey lewis February 12, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Crookhaven has plowed us up the old dirt road,google Mark Lesko Agenda 21.Brookhaven no longer considers plowed roads as sustainable.
Liz February 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Total Failure = They didn't keep up with the storm. ALL Plows, salters, and sanders should have arrived on job @ 7am and been deployed when snow on roads reached 1" which took about a 1/2 an hour = Total Success
Valerie Brescia February 12, 2013 at 02:09 PM
So glad some people were "prepared" and had food. drink and lifesaving medical supplies. Sometimes there are emergencies that can't be anticipated: heart attacks, allergic anaphylaxix, stroke, etc. If you watched so many of our VOLUNTEERS have to put their own lives at risk trying to rescue people ( using whatever equipment would run in the unplowed roads, shoveling a path themselves, sliding to get to the call, etc) - I doubt you would be so cavelier - especially if it was you or a loved one that didnt get the medical help they needed in time.
Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 04:01 PM
you are absolutely right about the emergencies. (I can't stand the whiners with no emergencies tho.) The volunteers ARE our heroes… you are right. They all should be applauded….Their selfless devotion is wonderful yet not appreciated enough.
RockyPointDiver February 12, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Just an FYI to all the folks feeling abandoned, we're not the only ones having issues with cleanup after Nemo. There's a long list of towns and cities with cleanup problems: check the news reports from New Haven, Bridgeport, Boston... they're all still digging out even today. http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/mass_roundup/2013/02/boston-mayor-menino-apologizes-nemo.html http://www.thehartfordguardian.com/2013/02/11/clearing-nemo-hartford-makes-progress-with-snow-removal/ http://www.newcanaannewsonline.com/local/article/Some-roads-may-not-be-plowed-till-Sunday-state-4268898.php
Tracey Mc February 13, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Join the continued conversation at... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Ed-Romaine-Fire-Dan-Panico/128649057308271?filter=2
MaryAnne Gladysz February 17, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Hi Sb mom. I just wanted to let you know that your area is where I used to live as a kid. My Dad normally plows that area (John, in the small green truck). He passed away in October. Just wanted to pass it on, so no one thought he didn't care : )
Justin Time February 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Highway Superintendents should NOT be elected, but hired according to their qualifications. Brookhaven is noted for their political influence and the true test were the last two storms. It is time to revamp the system, since this one, obviously doesn't work. What happened to last year's snow budget..where did that money go? We are stupid taxpayers to put up with the political BS! Get real, people!!
ss February 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
As a subcontractor for the TOB here are some important facts that you all must know. First off I’d like to thank all the people that had to have a full tank of fuel. Plow trucks need fuel and thanks to the “must have a full tank people” fuel was difficult to find. Did anyone ever think of that? Second off the TOB relies on subcontractors for a storm as this magnitude. The number of subcontractors has fallen dramatically in the last two years. The 2011 season was great for subcontractors. The 2012 season…not so great. 2013 season subcontractors were not called out until this storm. I believe two years ago the TOB required additional plow coverage. In the past we called out in small storms prior to this blizzard. With the additional expenses that had accrued with no income, subcontractors fell off the grid. Personally I had considered going private next season due to the lack of income. I have a respectable amount of trucks and resources to accommodate Smithaven mall. So in retrospect this has bit TOB in the ass
ss February 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Third off early Saturday morning while everyone was sound asleep we were all out plowing. If you happened to look outside your front window about 3am I guarantee you would not see your driveway. Visibility was at a point that I was relying on my navigation to steer the truck. At that point it was too hazardous to continue. I called out to my drivers to cease operations. We slept in our trucks for 2 hours to continue at daybreak. Forth off related to visibility did anyone notice tree’s and wires down? I cant tell you how many times the trucks had to stop halfway down a block to encounter a downed tree or wire. Utility crews were not present until Monday the 11th. So to some of you wondering, “why my street wasn’t plowed until Monday” that’s why!
ss February 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Fifth off negative comments related to Jane Bonner is BS. Jane and her staff had helped more than you know. The winter of 2011 was tremendous and subcontractors laid out huge amount of funds for fuel etc. I’ll explain how payment works. On the 1st of each month a “voucher” records the hours of service to the town for that month. We do not receive the voucher for reimbursement until the following 1st of month. We are supposed to receive payment within 30 days. So after 3+ months of nonpayment subcontractors are paying interest of credit cards used to fund expenses. Jane stepped up to the plate and had us all paid that week. This is why any of the remaining subcontractors are still here…because of Jane! We have someone that cares, thanks Jane!
ss February 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Sixth off. Residents of the Rocky Point/Sound Beach area. This area is the most treacherous area of the TOB. The local highway yard has a total of four trucks including the foreman’s pickup truck. They are relying on subcontractors and other nearby highway yards to accommodate the roads. To all of you angry people yelling at these drivers shame on you! To the people that offered hot coffee or a beverage or just a simply thanks to the driver it meant a lot! As a sleep deprived driver myself it was refreshing to hear a thanks. You all know who you are and want to thank you for being patient.
Justin Time February 19, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Considering the amount of snow, the endless hills and parked cars in the roads, TOB did an EXCELLENT job of snow plowing. Here, only a week later, all roads are open, all idiots are back, parking in the streets cuz most houses have two or more families in them to afford our taxes to pay for our inferior educators. TOB does not have the equipment to overnight create a miracle on our the roads. You dont like it...MOVE! But we need to HIRE a highway superintendent and get rid of it being a political friend debt candidate. Wake up people!..you are spoiled!
ss February 20, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Ted In 1996 TOB had much more sub contractors @ their disposal. If I'd guess +50% less. Increased required insurance and lack of work drove them away. It bit the politicians in the ass! Prior to this blizzard they would call us in to salt for a few hours to cover expenses. This has changed! Do your self a favor and ask the candidates what their intention of is keeping sub contractors to bail out the hwy dept in a need as of this past storm. First hand as a sub I assure you that we are dropping at an enormous rate.
RockyPointDiver February 20, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Just as much snow? I don't think so, more like only 1/2 to 2/3 as much based on this weather service map: http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/images/snow/nesis/19960106-19960108-11.78.jpg
monkey lewis February 22, 2013 at 04:49 AM
do not be fooled all towns that took un agenda 21 money let the people down as an experiment

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