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.