BROOKHAVEN - As the cleanup after Irene begins across Long Island, residents in the Town of Brookhaven began to return home this afternoon.

Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko lifted the mandatory evacuation orders for most of Brookhaven at 3 p.m. Sunday. Mastic Beach Village remains under mandatory evacuation until further notice.

While the evacuation order has been lifted, residents are urged to use extreme caution. Some roadways remain flooded or littered with downed trees and other debris.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says four emergency shelters remained open Sunday night for residents still coping with the effects of the storm. The shelters were Brentwood High School, Eastport-South Manor High School, Easthampton High School and Middle Island High School.

Out on the North Fork, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell lifted the state of emergency. Town officials urged residents to use extreme caution when traveling, as a large amount of downed trees, wires, telephone poles and debris remain on Southold's roadways.Brookhaven residents boarded up, shipped out ahead of storm