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Cold Weather Brings Woes

Thu, 02/09/2023 - 10:12
Durell Godfrey

Big winds, accompanied by a brutal blast of cold weather, brought reports last weekend of numerous downed tree limbs across the area, blowing garbage from an overstuffed Dumpster, frozen pipes that burst in the cold, and one wind-damaged car.

In East Hampton Village, “debris” was reported in the road near 23 Pondview Lane on a frigid Friday night. The debris turned out to be a large tree limb partially blocking one lane. Cones were placed around the limb while it awaited removal by the Highway Department.

Trees were also reported downed in Sag Harbor that night, one on Rogers Lane, where the entire roadway was blocked, and another at the corner of High and Franklin Streets that partially blocked traffic. The former was removed without incident but the latter, which was leaning on downed power lines, required a call to PSEG.

Myrna Varga of Farm Lane in East Hampton told police on Saturday morning that a 2006 Honda Odyssey parked in her driveway had been badly damaged by a fallen tree the night before. The tree shattered the back window, broke the left side of the rear spoiler, and left other dents and scuffs on the car. Ms. Varga reported the matter for insurance purposes.

Also on Friday, a few minutes before midnight, a worksite Dumpster at 247 Cove Hollow Road was filled to the rim with rubbish that was blowing into woodlands across the street. Village code enforcement officers were notified. On Saturday, a limb was down in front of 22 Terbell Lane and blocking the roadway before highway workers arrived and removed it.

Possibly burst pipes were reported Sunday afternoon at 1 Park Place in the village, where water was discovered flowing out of a bathroom storage closet. A contractor was called to check it out. In other nippy-weather news, a burst hose spigot was reported at 291 Main Street in Sag Harbor on Sunday morning, and another burst pipe was reported in the basement of 26 Hampton Street that same morning.

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