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Islip Calls In Payloaders to Move Snow

Heavy equipment needed to help clear local roads.

More than two feet of wet, heavy snow has forced Islip Town officials to call in heavy machinery to help clear local roadways. 

Supervisor Tom Croci said roughly 30 percent of the Town's roads were passable by 12 p.m. on Saturday as snow removal efforts remain in full swing. The Town has been calling in contractors and extra equipment to get roadways open as soon as possible. 

"We have brought in some payloaders. The wet, heavy snow is difficult to move and we are pulling out all the stops," Croci said. 

There are 125 town crews and 200 hired contractors that have been working together since Friday morning. Their biggest challenge is vehicles parked on local roads instead of in driveways. 

"There are many parked cars we hoped people would have moved off the street and into their driveway. By now they are buried, so we are simply plowing around them," Croci said. 

The heavy weight of the wet snow is also taking a toll on the Town's crews and equipment. The supervisor said snowplows, payloads and other equipment are being checked, repaired for line breaks and damaged parts and oiled more frequently than is necessary during lighter snowfalls. 

"We have to do more maintenance as we go, but we are not having any huge mechanical breakdowns," Croci said. 

Town officials said they have yet to receive any reports of snowplows getting stuck in drifts. 

Islip remains in state of emergency, declared Friday afternoon, and residents are being asked to stay at home. 

Croci had one piece of advice for local residents. "Stay home and let the crews work through the evening to get the job done," he said. 

jeff deeg February 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Ronkonkonkoma side streets NO PLOWS at all , Where are they hiding, bet they will be out later when O. T. kicks in!!!!!
R D February 10, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Whitespruce Ln, Hauppauge hasn't seen a plow yet. TOI says "plows are in your area & you'll get one pass only. I can look forward to them plowing all our driveways shut. They say this is a large amt of snow. Where have they been the last 25+ years? We've had this amt of snowfall before, it was just handled better. In the past plows would have been here 2-3 times already. Maybe if Croci & the Town board thought about taking care of it's constituents instead of the tug of war politics, we wouldn't be venting on comment boards!!!
SUE February 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM
ok so where are these plows? stranded on village lane in Hauppauge. beause im on a dead end I AM NOT A PRIORITY. I BELIEVE I PAY TAXES AS DOES THE REST OF THE BLOCK.
Mike Hanus February 11, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Well I was wrong ! They did finally come. However I cant say it was for better or for worst, it looks and feels like they were doing me a favor and hated every minute of it. BETTER LUCK IN THE FUTURE.
PCS February 11, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Acacia Drive in New England Village is totally clear, down to the pavement. No other street have I seen like that. I drove down Singingwood and it was awful

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