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Islip Calls In Payloaders to Move Snow

Heavy equipment needed to help clear local roads.

More than two feet of wet, heavy snow has forced Islip Town officials to call in heavy machinery to help clear local roadways. 

Supervisor Tom Croci said roughly 30 percent of the Town's roads were passable by 12 p.m. on Saturday as snow removal efforts remain in full swing. The Town has been calling in contractors and extra equipment to get roadways open as soon as possible. 

"We have brought in some payloaders. The wet, heavy snow is difficult to move and we are pulling out all the stops," Croci said. 

There are 125 town crews and 200 hired contractors that have been working together since Friday morning. Their biggest challenge is vehicles parked on local roads instead of in driveways. 

"There are many parked cars we hoped people would have moved off the street and into their driveway. By now they are buried, so we are simply plowing around them," Croci said. 

The heavy weight of the wet snow is also taking a toll on the Town's crews and equipment. The supervisor said snowplows, payloads and other equipment are being checked, repaired for line breaks and damaged parts and oiled more frequently than is necessary during lighter snowfalls. 

"We have to do more maintenance as we go, but we are not having any huge mechanical breakdowns," Croci said. 

Town officials said they have yet to receive any reports of snowplows getting stuck in drifts. 

Islip remains in state of emergency, declared Friday afternoon, and residents are being asked to stay at home. 

Croci had one piece of advice for local residents. "Stay home and let the crews work through the evening to get the job done," he said. 

Donna Haakonson February 09, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Most of my block (Lucille Dr.) was plowed, except for one area (12 houses). The town plows were out early, came down and made a right at the nearest cross street but never came back to plow to the next cross street. I think we were accidentally (I hope) forgotten about. I put a call in to the TOI Office of Emergency Management. Hopefully we will be plowed soon.
Susan Reilly Wood February 09, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Had all 5 cars in the driveway. This did make it difficult to use the snow blower until we were able to move a car. Snow plow came into our courtyard and got stuck. Finally left without finishing. We finally dug out and eventually a plow showed up and finished up the courtyard. The reason I make sure all 5 cars are in the driveway during a storm is because every single time we have a storm the plows decided the snow should be put right in front of my house where I normal park a car.
Mike Hanus February 09, 2013 at 09:17 PM
They must be in hiding because I drove all over islip and I saw 1 garbage truck and 1 town truck with plows but not plowing. Also saw 5 county plows sitting on nicols RD ramp doing 0.LIE saw 5 plows stuck by exit 63 and no one moving any stuck cars any were yet I hear como 2 & steve blown praising one and other like 2 HEROS
JAMES LONG February 09, 2013 at 11:37 PM
YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING...SAT NIGHT AT 630 PM...STILL 3 FEET OF SNOW IN THE STREET...NOT ONE PLOW IN 24 HOURS.....USEDED TO BE A TIME WHEN THE TOWN PLOWED EVERY 4-6 INCHES...THERE SAVEING MONEY BY NOT PAYING THERE MEN...MY TAXES WENT UP AND MY SERVICES WENT DOWN...HOPE THEY GET THE SECONDARY ROADS IN RONKONKOMA OPEN SO I CAN GET TO WORK SO I CAN PAY MY TAXES .......JIM L.
John Colasanto February 09, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Islip should have mandatory off street parking during winter months like they do in Oakdale, You want to park, you get a ticket and towed nice extra income for the town
Rose February 09, 2013 at 11:57 PM
No roads plowed in Somerset Estates in Holbrook. It's the edge of Islip town. Got a robo call from Brookhaven town though letting people know how to report unplowed roads. Way to go Brookhaven. Islip take notice!
Zach February 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Singingwood Drive in Holbrook has not been plowed at all. Neither has any of New England Village.
Sabrina February 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Same here. It's got to be 3 feet. I'm off Coates and I haven't see one plow down this road during the storm. This is ridiculous.
phil February 10, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I n Bohemia off smithtown ave still no plow 810 pm sat
Donna S. February 10, 2013 at 04:31 AM
11:30, no plow yet. Town assured me at 6:00pm that all roads would have at least one pass through by midnight. Not holding out much hope of that.
I Love Florida February 10, 2013 at 09:48 AM
4:45 Sunday morning in Holbrook still not a plow in sight! I hope no one needs an ambulance or needs the Fire Department because the inept morons who run this town have left they residents on their own, this storm was not exactly a surprise, thousands of residents trapped in their homes with no possible way of getting help should they need it. Inexcusable!!
Benny February 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM
I live on Seusing Blvd in Hauppage and there hasn't been a plow in the entire development! This a huge danger to all of the residents as we are all stranded and EMS Vehicles cannot enter if needed. No updates, no one answering the phone at the town. If this was a private sector job they would be fired! Who's going to be herald responsible? Where's the accountability? Fire the politicians, terrible management and leadership.
Nunzio Vitale February 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM
What a joke. I'm on Avis drive in Holbrook & still have two feet of snow on the street. Not one plow has come down our block. Pay more get less. Tom Croci should step aside & let someone who knows how to govern take control.
Mike Hanus February 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM
This is true. We elect people because they have nice teeth. When we have plenty of retired executives out there. Capable.. We have a government bent on governing the people. They should tri governing the government. we can take care of our selves, The people are HERDED into buying little tea cups for cars. I have a P/U truck this gets my family around safely. Well enough of that they aren't coming.
Jay February 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Sunday morning 7:30 and still not one single plow has been down Bohemia Parkway in Sayville, and we are directly off of the South Service Road in Sayville. We normally have a decent amount of traffic on our street but not a single car can even get onto the street because it is buried in snow.
Holbrook taxpayer February 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Haven't seen a plow at all in Holbrook, remember this next election
Michael Di Russo February 10, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Mike Dead end street not plowed. I called Suffolk non-emergency they say plowing is a town issue. I asked if there was an emergency what would they do, their answer we haven't had a problem yet. Is this world going crazy or am i for expecting people to do their jobs?
angie February 10, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Nothing here in East Hauppauge...and we had an emergency here on the block..a bulldozer came down dug out a section then left....then nothing. No info at all...that's what's frustrating..and people complain about LIPA...smh.
Siobhan Atkinson February 10, 2013 at 02:28 PM
WHERE ARE THE SNOW PLOWS? Wedgewood Drive in Hauppauge has not seen a single plow as per usual with any significant amount of snow fall. Our driveways and cars are cleared but there is no way to get off the street. Will schools be closed tomorrow because the roads are not passable and we lose another instructional day for students and another day from spring break?
Siobhan Atkinson February 10, 2013 at 02:33 PM
We do have mandatory off street parking during winter months on Wedgewod Drive in Hauppauge but we still don't get plowed.
Rose February 10, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Islip doesn't answer the phones. Their website has no useful information to give residents during this emergency. They are as bad as LIPA! There is just no excuse in the world for lack of information being given! I'm on the Islip side of Holbrook and haven't seen a plow. The eery sound of silence outside proves there's no vehicles moving anywhere nearby!
Ed Horcrantz February 10, 2013 at 03:37 PM
THE TOWN OF ISLIP WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE STORM. I LIVE IN OAKDALE AND HAVE TO TAKE THE TRAIN TO WORK MONDAY MORNING. THE TOWN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLOWING OF THE PARKING LOTS AND SIDEWALKS. THEY WERE NOT TOUCHED AS OF 9AM THIS MORNING. MY CAR IS STILL STUCK IN OAKDALE RR PARKING LOT BECAUSE OF THE INCOMPETANT TOWN OFFICIALS WHO ARE NOT ANSWERING THE PHONES. 3 YEARS AGO, AFTER THOSE HORRIFIC BLIZZARDS, NOLANS PEOPLE HAD THE ROADS PARKING LOTS AND THE SIDEWALKS CLEAN THE DAY AFTER THE STORM., EVEN THOUGH THE LIRR DIDNT RESUME SERVICE FOR 4 DAYS LATER. NOLAN'S RESPONSE WAS SPOT ON. THESE NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS KNEW HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, BUT THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN THE TOWN. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER.
jeff deeg February 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Ronkonkonkoma side streets NO PLOWS at all , Where are they hiding, bet they will be out later when O. T. kicks in!!!!!
R D February 10, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Whitespruce Ln, Hauppauge hasn't seen a plow yet. TOI says "plows are in your area & you'll get one pass only. I can look forward to them plowing all our driveways shut. They say this is a large amt of snow. Where have they been the last 25+ years? We've had this amt of snowfall before, it was just handled better. In the past plows would have been here 2-3 times already. Maybe if Croci & the Town board thought about taking care of it's constituents instead of the tug of war politics, we wouldn't be venting on comment boards!!!
SUE February 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM
ok so where are these plows? stranded on village lane in Hauppauge. beause im on a dead end I AM NOT A PRIORITY. I BELIEVE I PAY TAXES AS DOES THE REST OF THE BLOCK.
Mike Hanus February 11, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Well I was wrong ! They did finally come. However I cant say it was for better or for worst, it looks and feels like they were doing me a favor and hated every minute of it. BETTER LUCK IN THE FUTURE.
PCS February 11, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Acacia Drive in New England Village is totally clear, down to the pavement. No other street have I seen like that. I drove down Singingwood and it was awful

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