Southampton Supervisor Lifts State of Emergency

Residents asked to keep off roads and not run gas generators and heaters indoors.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst rescinded the state of emergency declaration that she had issued Friday as a blizzard swept into town.

The town's emergency operations center closed at noon Saturday.

Mayor Mark Epley lifted Southampton Village's state of emergency at noon Saturday.

Though the states of emergency have been lifted, town residents are advised to avoid driving.

"If you must drive, reduce your speed and try to stay on roads that have been plowed or salted/sanded," a statement from town police reads. "Leave a good amount of distance between your car and the one in front of you. Try to avoid sudden braking."

According to police, town highway crews will continue plowing secondary and private roads Sunday.

  • RELATED: Supervisor: Southampton Fared Well in Blizzard

The Long Island Expressway will be closed between exits 57 and 73 on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for snow removal, according to Suffolk County police.

The town further advises residents to dress in layers when venturing outdoors, including warm coats or jackets, hats, mittens and warm insulated boots, and to carry a fully charged cellphone.

"Doing chores outside in difficult weather conditions can take a toll on your body," the town states. "Be careful to avoid falling; when shoveling or digging out your car, take a break, and where possible, have a hot beverage. Do not overdo it."

Carbon monoxide poisoning due to running equipment and heaters indoors is also a concern. "Never run a generator in the home, garage or crawlspace," the town advises. "Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home. When running a generator outdoors, keep it away from open windows and doors."

RELATED: Suffolk Notebook: Health Officials Warn Residents of CO Poisoning

Power outages may be called into LIPA at 800-490-0075.

For emergencies, town residents are instructed to use 911. For non-emergency concerns, town police can be reached at 631-728-3400.


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