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Town Highway Department Braces for Snow Storm

Crews spent Wednesday preparing for winter storm to hit.

The Town of East Hampton Highway Department was bustling with activity on Wednesday, as crews made final preparations for the forecasted winter storm.

Highway Superintendent Stephen Lynch said workers were putting the final plows on, fueling the trucks up, and filling the trucks up with dirt so they can push through the snow with force.

"We're ready to go," Lynch said. While many residents are dreading more snowfall — following February's blizzard — Lynch said the highway department is always at the ready.

The 18-man crew, and 17 part-time drivers, as well as 15 contractors, are on standby, waiting for Lynch's call to head out on the roads.

Lynch said because the precipitation is supposed to start with rain, they won't salt the roads first. They'll head out onto the roads at night if there's at least two-inches of accumulation, he said. The slow moving storm is supposed to continue into Friday.

He's more concerned about flooding in Montauk and on the bay side.

The superintendent reminded residents to please stay off the roads as much as possible. "Let the guys work," he said. 

"We could get slammed," he said. The upside, however, he said, is that it's going to be 40 degrees on Friday.

The key to keep the roads clear is to keep plowing through the storm, which Lynch said was successfully done during the blizzard. While drivers have to get breaks, they will be staggered, he said. With 640 lane miles of road in the Town of East Hampton, workers have to keep at it for long hours.

"The guys are ready," he said.

Let's give a shout out to the highway department workers in the Town of East Hampton and the Village of East Hampton, as well as the county and state workers, who have a few long days ahead of them. Leave a comment below.

TRUTH NOT FICTION March 07, 2013 at 03:37 AM
According to the 2013 adopted budget there are 31 employees and an increase in hwy tax's over 18% and an increase in cost of part time help 1300% check the town budget for yourself
Loretta Lynch March 07, 2013 at 01:09 PM
All these people deserve a big thanks for all they do to keep YOU safe when in harms way.I just read that the storm warning has been lifted but fear of flooding is a huge concern, Good luck to all.
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 01:05 AM
A large increase in man power and tax's, promises unfulfilled and miss leading statements by politicians. Productivity should be the focus!
Ehtownlocal March 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
With that increase, let's hope that lynch will continue to do what he has promised....at least he is not driving his truck on the front lawn of town employees and stirring up problem with his co-workers:)
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 01:49 AM
If you are referring to the last hwy super you should do your home work, not only has all charges brought against him been dismissed or dropped the people accusing this man should release there attendance records that would clearly show the cause of there actions. Guaranteed they won't how about some facts
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Please disprove any statement made by truth not fiction if your unwilling to back up your claims you not telling the truth!
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Typo your
Ehtownlocal March 08, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Seems u been offended by my statement...I never read any of that, and did not know it was made public. I was referring to past news article's about the prior highway super..And if they were dropped good for him..and no need for your typo problem, u seemed to get it right the first time
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 02:30 AM
You are miss informed or lying check the article you are referring to call up the employee that made the report ask him if that's his house? if you look at the pic there's a vehicle on the side of the road. The truth is there has been conspiracy leveled against this man! If you'd like make more accusation and use your real name guaranteed you won't
Ehtownlocal March 08, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I am only referring to what has ever been published in the news papers. I'm sorry I've hit a nerve with u in regards to my comments. You can let us all know your name too. But I am very proud I am a east hampton town local women, and will not sir come to your rudeness...kind of seems like a rude man who was once highway super. All in all I am glad Mr. Lynch is serving our town and hope he is re-elected for another term!!
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Again you try to avoid the facts. sorry you take my comment as being rude. Happy employees usually are productive employee. Mr lynch will have the chance to prove that he has delivered on his promises. please use FACTS don't play politics
Kevin Cobb March 08, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Nothing you say means any thing Mr truth until you use your real name so come on out BOK BOK BOK chicken in the bread pan pikin out Dough!!!!!
TRUTH NOT FICTION March 08, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Please refrain from your childish behavior and answer with an intelligent fact based reply if you have one! Please disprove statements made

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