Sunday Jan 29, 2023

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers as Heavy Snow and Strong Winds Continue to Impact Downstate Regions Today – ny.gov

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Agency Preparations 

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center is activated and closely monitoring weather and travel conditions, coordinating State agency response operations, and will keep in contact with localities throughout the duration of the event. State stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets, and bottled water.

On Friday night, the Division’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control activated the Fire Operations Center in Albany to support any requests for assistance received during the severe weather event. In advance of the storm, OFPC deployed four tracked UTVs, including 15 personnel with support vehicles, to the Bay Shore Stockpile. The teams can operate as a single unit or split into two teams of two UTVs each if needed to operate in multiple locations.

Department of Transportation 

The Department of Transportation issued an advisory speed of 45 miles per hour on the Long Island Expressway and parkways, and restricted trucks to the right lane only on the Long Island Expressway.  These advisory speeds are supported by variable message signs on roads across Long Island.

To support snow and ice activities in critical areas, a total of 94 staff – including 70 plow truck operators, ten supervisors, six signal mechanics, four mechanics, three Assistant Regional Engineers, one safety officer, and two mechanic service trucks – are deployed to the Long Island Region as follows:  

  • Syosset received 10 operators and one supervisor from the Mohawk Valley
  • Garden City received 8 operators and one Assistant Regional Engineer from the Capital Region 
  • Riverhead received 10 operators and 2 supervisors from the Finger Lakes, and 6 operators and 1 supervisor from the North Country 
  • Central Islip received 8 operators and 1 supervisor from the Southern Tier, and 4 operators and 1 supervisor from the North Country 
  • Melville received 10 operators and 2 supervisors from the Mohawk Valley 
  • North Merrick received 8 operators and 2 supervisors from Central New York and 4 operators from the Capital Region 
  • Babylon received 2 operators and 1 Assistant Regional Engineer from Central New York and 1 Assistant Regional Engineer from the Capital Region 
  • Long Island Fleet Management received 2 mechanics from the Mohawk Valley and 2 mechanics from Central New York  
  • One Safety Officer from the Finger Lakes has been deployed to Long Island, as well as 2 signal mechanics from the Capital Region, 2 signal mechanics from the Mohawk Valley, and 2 signal mechanics from the Southern Tier.  
  • Chipper and tree crews will be deployed as necessary to clear downed trees from roadways and the need for additional resources will be consistently evaluated throughout the event.

Tow Trucks are also being staged in Syosset, Riverhead, Medford, Hampton Bays, Central Islip, Melville, and North Merrick to clear crashes quickly.  

All residency locations will remain staffed for 24/7 operation throughout the duration of the event. Fleet mechanics in affected areas will be staffing all main residency locations 24/7 to perform repairs and keep trucks on the road.  

Statewide equipment numbers are listed below:

  • 1,596 large plow trucks
  • 143 medium duty plows 
  • 51 tow plows 
  • 322 large loaders 
  • 38 snow blowers

Thruway Authority

The Thruway Authority is actively engaged in snow and ice operations with 681 operators and supervisors.

Statewide equipment numbers are listed below:

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