Aerial Photos: Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Hamptons Shoreline

The ocean breached the dunes in many areas along the South Fork, devastating beaches and causing destruction.

The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy destroyed many dunes on the South Fork — and in some cases ocean water reached all the way to the bay.

Dune Road in western Southampton Town took a lashing, and will likely be closed for several days, as the road has become impassable in many areas due to sand dumped by storm surge. And the parking lot of Oakland's looks like a sandy beach.

Meadow Lane and Gin Lane in Southampton Village suffered from erosion, including multiple dune breaches. The Meadow Lane landmark known to locals as the Old Boathouse was destroyed.

In Wainscott, at least one shoreside home — believed to be that of Ron Lauder's daughter — was completely demolished.

Browse the gallery of photos taken Wednesday morning from Westhampton to Amagansett, illustrating the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Text by Brendan J. O'Reilly. Photos by Cully/EEFAS.

Aspatuck Gardens October 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Note: 27east claims that Neptunes burned down... Patch shoes photos of it standing..
Aspatuck Gardens October 31, 2012 at 11:45 PM
shows.. :)
Tracy Joseph October 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thanks for taking these!!!
Linda November 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Do you know about heliport in southampton? Is it covered? Any pictures?
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Drove past ... seemed OK.
Frank November 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The businesses and homes off of Dune Road need to be removed and a levee needs to take their place. WHY IS THIS NOT HAPPENING...IS IT WORTH IT FOR US TAXPAYERS TO REPLENISH DUNE ROAD??? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH WE HAVE SPENT AS TAXPAYERS TO MAINTAIN DUNE ROAD???? JUST FOR A FEW 'RICH' HOMEOWNERS AND RESTAURANTS. Is there one Southampton Town politician going to make these comments? Everyone knows that SANDY will come again...it will happen.
Thomas Doyle November 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Wonderful photos of the impact of the storm. Thanks for taking them and posting them for all to see.
Hbjoker November 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
they better get lipa down there, those poor people may not have power!
SuffolkTim November 01, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Yes, Frank, it is worth it for us taxpayers to replenish Dune Road. For starters, you are correct that many of the Dune Road homeowners are "rich," which is exactly how they are able to pay the 10's of millions of $ in taxes that the villages, towns and county collect from them. They also use few public services, such as the school system, which represents the largest share of your annual local tax bill. One reason why Hampton Bays has such high taxes compared to the neighboring oceanfront jurisdictions is because it doesn't have any oceanfront homes -- the houses stop in East Quogue. Then there is the other economic activity from Dune Road: the construction jobs, the real estates agents, the landscapers, painters, the commercial fishing fleet, the waiters and kitchen workers in the restaurants -- most, if not all of whom, are not "rich" but are "blue collar" workers. Dune Road also supplies the recreation for those residents who live mainland, as well as for the summer tourists, who also bring in millions of $. According to Tim Bishop, who seems like the type of guy you might vote for, there are 500 jobs related to the inlet (10-2-12 press rel). So, to answer your question, no; no Southampton Town politician is going to echo your comments.
nyc511 November 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Gary Vegliante is the mayor of Westhampton Dunes. He's talking to the media and communicating with residents and letting them know the conditions in their village. In other words, he's doing what a mayor should be doing. Do you think Quogue could borrow him for the next few weeks? Sartorius has done nothing. Can somebody check and see if he's still hiding under his bed? I don't know, maybe he can, let's see....oh, I got it! Maybe he can post something on the village website telling us what's happening!
Greg Fischer November 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I need an number for Gary Vegliante ... please email perfect100@hotmail.com
Erica Jackson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Dune Road will open at noon: http://patch.com/A-zkKy
maria iannetta November 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
K. November 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I actually have no idea how much ''we have spent as taxpayers to maintain dune road''. Can you please tell us instead of using caps and question marks to indicate that you know that it is a very large number? Envy is a very negative emotion. It is best defined as a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it." Bertrand Russell said envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but they also wish to inflict misfortune on others. Just because they have bigger houses than you doesn't mean they are better than you and you need to wish ill on them.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
If you are trying to reach photographer Jeff Cully, please be patient. He is without power and cell phone service is in bad shape as well.
doug November 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
All I think of when looking at these photos is how close to the beach these homes are. Natures barrier has been destroyed and it's only going to get worse. This was a cat. 1 hurricane , imagine what a cat 4 or 5 would do . I hate to say it , but it' s only a matter of time before one comes our way and Long Island as we know it will never be the same. I hope i'm wrong because its where i grew up and i will always love it but with the crazy weather patterns over the last ten years i think it's inevitable .
leslie November 03, 2012 at 02:21 PM
All the $$$$$ in the world will NEVER SURPASS Mother Nature!!! Let nature take its course and leave it alone!!!!
Donna Lanzetta November 03, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Frank - Please consider a few points here in response to your post. Dune Road provides access to all residents to our wonderful beaches, this year voted # 4 on the list of best groups of beaches in the world by National Geographic. Our beaches are not only a source of great pleasure to our local residents, but also provide economic support to our business, many of whom rely upon tourism to support their families. Let us not forget that Dune Road is home base for the largest (or second largest) commercial fishing fleet in NYS. Businesses on Dune Road provide jobs for our community, jobs that are harder and harder to come by in this economy. Talk about a necessity! In short, Dune Road beach access in East Quogue, Quogue and Hampton Bays is vital and essential to all of community. Of course, there is the huge tax revenue generated by the property taxes along Dune Road, and our local residents have over the years pumped millions of their personal dollars to fortify and replenish the beach, all to the benefit of the main land. Thanks for considering these factors. Sincerely, Donna Lanzetta, President East Quogue Chamber of Commerce
Mosk November 04, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Frank, do you go to the beach?
Carol Combes November 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I have lived in E. Q. nearly 70 years. Each storm or hurricasne the water tends to reach further onto the land. To much over building along the shore line and especially on filled in lands. To many old trees under wires. No new trees should be planted under the power lines on all roads. To many ceespools to weaken the ground.. To many homes along the water areas. Years ago none of us wanted to live on or near the water. To cold and windy. Carol
Ken Lerner November 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Tell you what Frank- we can raise your taxes to pay for lost tax revenue from these homeowners, and when they no longer come and spend huge amounts of money, you can hire all the people that will be out of work, and dont think about selling your house to cover those costs- it will have no value at all- so I hope you're super-rich then you can take care of the whole east end
mothernature November 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
good serves you richbitches right who in their right mind would build a house in danger zone of waves and floods you deserve it! too bad it didn't wash away all the child abusers in sag harbor too
james mccabe November 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
They build their houses because our tax dollars bail them out after each storm. All of their reasons for rebuilding is of course SELF-Serving and selfish.
Offshore November 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Barrier islands are not reinforced nor replenished solely to protect the homes of the mega rich. My family has owned for more than 40 years and while we wouldt like to be rich (we're not) you'd be surprised how many families are middle class that just happened to be lucky they were able to buy pre boom. The beaches provide vital protection, economic benefit, recreation and tax base for all people especially the locals. If you want to see the life and changes of the beach from a historical perspective http://rsm.usace.army.mil/shore/. With global warming, higher sea levels and severe weather increasing the beaches become more vital to protect those inland. Without the beaches one day your town's main st will soon become your Dune Rd.


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