Main Roads Mainly Clear; Larkfield Slightly Hazardous

A drive around the loop including Elwood, Jericho and Larkfield shows most main roads clear.

Most main roads in Northport and East Northport were clear by Thursday at 11 a.m.

Elwood and Pulaski roads, both county-owned and known formally as County Route 10 and County Route 11 respectively, were thoroughly plowed. Both Jericho Turnpike — State Route 25 — and Fort Salonga Road — State Route 25A — had almost no snow or ice on them.

The Town of Huntington's Larkfield Road was not quite as navigable. While there was a drivable path, it's very narrow for a road that gets a lot of traffic.

One problem appears to be that there's simply no place to put the snow that fell last night. Ten-foot-high mounds are seen everywhere from the Northport waterfront to the Mall parking lot.

Huntington Highway Superintendent William Naughton confirmed this was the case Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

"Accumulated snow from each storm has made each subsequent storm more difficult than the last" he said in a statement."Existing piles of snow and fluctuating temperatures make the job even more difficult. This latest storm provided approximately 16 inches of a very heavy consistency snow."

He said that highway department staff members are facing many obstacles in completing the tasks at hand, but rose to the challenge.

"In spite of aging equipment and long hours causing employee and equipment fatigue, these dedicated employees and contractors are getting the job done. I ask all residents to continue to be patient and know that we will continue to do the best job we can under the circumstances."

He said that if residents have  you have "an unusual situation" or one that needs immediate attention, please call the Highway Department hot line at (631) 499-0444.

That snow has not just been hazardous to roads but to tree limbs and wires, as well. The Northport and East Northport area appears to be one of few that does not have power outages, however. That's according to the LIPA Storm Center map. Customers can report an outage online or call 800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900.

Schools and libraries are closed but Town Hall is open, as is

Also, town trash collection will be attempted today for all neighborhoods that are scheduled for Thursday trash pick up.

However if roads are not passable or the conditions are not safe for the truck or crew due to ice and snow, especially in hilly areas or areas with narrow streets, then the garbage collectors have been advised to not collect in those areas.

If your trash was not collected by 4 p.m. today, however, then the garbage carter was unable to service your neighborhood. The town asks that you please bring your trash back from the curb and noted that the next scheduled trash collection will be Monday, Jan.31.


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