East End bears brunt of blizzard-like storm

Residents in towns across the East End are cleaning up after being clobbered by the fierce blizzard-like storm that struck Thursday into Friday.

Towns across the East End are cleaning up after being clobbered by the fierce blizzard that struck Thursday into Friday.

Towns across the East End are cleaning up after being clobbered by the fierce blizzard that struck Thursday into Friday. (1/3/14)

RIVERHEAD - Residents in towns across the East End are cleaning up after being clobbered by the fierce blizzard-like storm that struck Thursday into Friday.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Suffolk County.

On Horton Avenue in Riverhead, the storm brought nearly white-out conditions this morning. Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson says the only way to tackle the blizzard was with brute strength, so a 10,000-pound diesel snowplow was among the fleet of vehicles out on the roads.

Woodson says the town has 260 miles of roadway, and because the snow was so powdery and the wind was so strong, some roads had to be plowed two or three times before they were passable.

Now that most of the town's roads are mostly clear, attention is turning to sidewalks. "A lot of the businesses forget that they're responsible for doing their sidewalks," says Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter. He is urging business owners to make sure to clear the pavement around their establishments.

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