Tidal Surge Uncovers Cars Buried in Water Mill Dunes

Vehicles have been covered in sand for 30-plus years.

Erosion on the Water Mill shore the past few days has turned up a number of old rusted and twisted cars, which — while still intact — had been placed there to build up the dunes decades ago.

"They started to show on Saturday afternoon, and by Monday morning they were full-blown exposed," said Southampton Town Trustee Fred Havemeyer.

The vehicles turned up about 10 properties west of the Mecox Bay cut, near the Water Mill Beach Club, which had been devastated by Superstorm Sandy, he said.

A nor'easter moving through the area over three days, plus the perigean tide — the spring tide when the moon is closest to earth — contributed to the erosion, Havemeyer said.

The cars must have been placed prior to 1984, he said, though he was not sure if it was a few years prior or a couple decades.

The Trustees' Facebook page stated Monday, "Before people began using snow fences and Christmas trees to protect beaches, towns used to use old cars as a form of erosion control."

Parfil March 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Where is "10 miles west of the Mecox Bay Cut"? Tiana?
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Sorry, that should have read "10 properties west," not "10 miles." I have updated the article to correct the error.
Steven Novak March 13, 2013 at 04:07 AM
The cars were placed there about 1971 or 1972. They were exposed once in the mid eighties.
Bill Raab March 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
We found long buried cars on FINS after the Halloween storm in the early nineties...
leslie March 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Nothing we put down or try to do to stop the erosion will not help... Mother Nature is Stronger then we are...
Jack March 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What kind of cars? 50s or 60s?
GOLD FINGER March 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM
So that's where I parked the car. I will be by later to pick it up. Thanks
smacw March 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Accretion happens too, as indicated by the fact that we haven't seen these cars in decades. We have to leave the shoreline alone to function naturally, homeowners should accept the risk and not expect to be bailed out
charliecorwith March 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Ed Burnett had them placed there prior to hurricane int the 60's. they came from Ed Diamonds junk yard on 7 ponds-towd road. they were set in with a crane. Most cars were from 50's. Does this mean I'm getting old?
Jerry Can March 13, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It depends. Can you remember what you had for lunch last Thursday?
ploppinpuppy March 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I'm waiting for the liberals to confiscate our guns and use them for erosion control in the name of global warming
Robert March 14, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Thank you ploppinpuppy, I was waiting for the moronic political comment.
Tony Ernst March 14, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Last weekend there was no beach just west of the Mecox cut. Waves washed up against a steel bulkhead which preserves the former beachfront houses - proving that hard structures - such as being built in Southampton village now are not a solution.
CAPTINEMOE March 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Tony Ernst March 16, 2013 at 01:27 AM
update: In Water Mill a portion of the steel bulkhead constructed in front of seven ocean front homes is leaning in to the sea as viewed Friday afternoon. Southampton Town Trustee Fred Havemeyer told the Southampton Press that water washes away the sand in front of the wall and then swings in to wash out the beach beyond. Havemeyer said “that’s why we don’t want hard structures on the beach". So why are bulkheads are being constructed on the ocean in Southampton Village?
Bill Smith March 16, 2013 at 02:45 AM
the dashboard of the car in the center of the picture is from a 59 buick the chrome bumper facing the camera just visible above the sand is from a 61 buick. I saw these cars after the perfect storm of 91. The newest I saw, then, was a 64 ford and saw a 1970 southampton college bumper sticker on a 55-56 chevy rear bumper. I was told by my father, who was a trustee at the time, that they were put there in the late 60's and early 70's.


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