Peconic River Floods, Residents Told to Evacuate Before High Tide Tonight

The Peconic River flooded its surrounding areas in Riverhead Monday afternoon, leading to massive road closures, as Hurricane Sandy inched closer to Long Island. Now the Town of Riverhead has mandated that residents in low-lying flood areas to get out before tonight’s high tide.

“Our greatest threat is the storm surge which is expected to be 6 feet above high tide,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter in a statement. “That compounded with the duration of the storm and the lunar high tide will pose an extreme risk to those residents in low-lying flood-prone coastal areas.”

Walter said that this afternoon’s high tide was at record levels and tonight’s high tide will be even worse.


Riverhead High School is serving as the town’s Red Cross shelter.

Residents are also warned to avoid unnecessary traveling in the area, as downed trees and live power lines combined with deep waters on roadways pose electrocution risks. Walter said that that all downed power lines should be considered energized.

All downed wires can be reported to the Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500, ext. 0.

The following road closures have been reported in Riverhead: Creek Road, Wading River; Hubbard Avenue, West of Shade Tree Lane; Peconic River Parking Lot; East Creek Bridge near Sun Up Trail, Aquebogue; Peconic Avenue; Roanoke Ave near Reeves Ave; Peconic Bay Blvd from Washignton to Meetinghouse; Meetinhouse Creek Road, east of Deli.

Downed trees have been reported at Sound Avenue between Penny and Pier; Kings Drive and Ostrander Ave; 25 Oakwood, Wading River; Corwin Street; Shirley and Oakwood, Wading River; Middle Road west of Mill.

For more information, call the town’s emergency preparedness hotline at 631-727-3200, Ext. SOS (767)

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