Many of East Hampton's secondary roads remain unplowed this morning and Town Manager Michael Maniscalco is sending out a reverse 911 call today to warn residents that the roads may remain impassable for most of the day and into tomorrow.
The town is struggling to get as many main roads cleared as possible following the blizzard and are somewhat hampered this morning because two of its plowed became disabled last night while crews were out clearing roads, Maniscalco said. The town is reaching out to private contractors for help, he added.
"It's a lot snow and it's going to take us a long time," he said. "I would imagine they won't see some roads clear until late today."
Work crews are focusing on getting public buildings, schools and the main roads cleared first, Maniscalco said.
Neither Portland nor East Hampton lost power in the blizzard and neither town has needed to open their emergency shelter so far, officials said. Maniscalco said that has been a boon for the town.
In Portland, a wind gust of 81 MPH was recorded at 11 p.m. on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
In a reverse 911 call issued by Portland First Selectman Susan Bransfield yesterday she said road crews were working diligently to keep local roads cleared but would stop working at midnight.
Meanwhile, one East Hampton firefighter was taken to the hospital overnight after falling through the roof of a home on Flannery Road while battling a fire at the home, Maniscalco said. The firefighter was not seriously injured, he said. He had no other details on the extent of the fire and said fire crews were able to get to the scene with the help of town road crews.
Fire officials today could not be reached for additional information on the fire.
A parking ban remains in effect here and in Portland through tomorrow.