Hurricane Sandy Claims Old Boathouse, Batters Meadow Lane

Flooding remains on Meadow Lane a day later.

A Meadow Lane landmark, known to Southampton Village residents as the "Old Boathouse," succumbed to Hurricane Sandy on Monday.

Located on Shinnecock Bay, across from 1280 Meadow Lane, the private boathouse has "survived a lot" Mayor Mark Epley said Tuesday afternoon, after he heard of its fate.

Photographer John Todaro wrote about the boathouse on his blog after shooting it in May 2011, while kayaking in Shinnecock Bay. "For Southampton, the boathouse is a footnote to a local history which is all but gone," he wrote. "It stands (at least for now) as a monument to former times."

Up the road from the boathouse, the boardwalk at Munn Point was missing many boards, making it impossible to walk to the end.

And at the end of Meadow Lane, just before Shinnecock East County Park, the road was completely flooded Tuesday evening. There were scattered pools of water all over the road, and many yards were flooded still.

“We had a lot of washover," Epley said. "This morning we had probably 2 feet of water in the Coopers Beach parking lot." There was also beach erosion and damage to the Coopers pavilion, he added.

At the Southampton Bathing Corporation, there was washover from the ocean into Lake Agawam, according to Epley. He said the village was aggressive about draining the lake so it would not overflow, but there was flooding at every other village pond.

Epley said that the village is fortunate that Main Street has power, so residents can go to work and go about their business.

He also found it fortunate that there was not much rain in the weeks leading up to Hurricane Sandy, unlike last year before Hurricane Irene. He said that the soft ground after rainfall causes many trees to be ripped up at their roots. However, this time around, many trees whose roots held up snapped at the base instead. Or, limbs came down while the rest of a tree stood.

"Our crews have done a phenomenal job clearing the streets," the mayor said.

muskrat October 31, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I know that LIPA had crews out but damned if I saw a single on yesterday as I drove around. Where were they working? Anybody spot one?
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks, Kathy, for your photos of the Old Boathouse. If anyone else has taken any photos over the years of this site, please share them here by clicking "Upload photos & videos" underneath the slideshow.
muskrat October 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The large main house associated with that boathouse was destroyed by a powerful winter storm in 1962. Its facade remained standing but there was nothing behind it. When the tall mahogany front door was opened all that could be seen was the beach and the ocean. It was a weird sight. Five enormous houses washed away in Southampton during that storm, and almost all of West Hampton a long the ocean was flattened. Vigliante got lucky. Nothing to do with the Army Corps newly built dune. What the ocean wants it takes. It just wasn't interested in us this time. It had New Jersey in its sights.
Elizabeth lee November 01, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Any of you know if Elm and Wooley still without electricity? Elizabeth L.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thanks for the info Sunny H. I am very interested in getting more history about this site. It was in the background of a movie filmed in Southampton in February 11, "Refuge." Sad to see it gone.
K. November 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mayor Epley has indicated that the owners of the boathouse have already communicated with contractors in an effort to get it put back together using as much of the original material as is possible.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thanks Gary and Kevin for sharing your photos.


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