After Mother Nature dumped over a foot of snow on Lynbrook Sunday into Monday, village employees worked to clear the streets, while residents grabbed their shovels and dug out their vehicles and sidewalks.
By 2 p.m. Monday, Lynbrook's main roads — Merrick Road, Sunrise Highway, Atlantic Avenue and Broadway — had been plowed, making for relatively smooth driving through the village. That was good news for most residents, while others who had parked on the street overnight were left with the daunting task of digging out their buried vehicles.
The Lynbrook Fire Department was on snow standby from Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to Monday at 1:30 p.m., with 70 of its volunteer firefighters sleeping on air mattresses, couches, even on the fire trucks, to await any emergency calls. Three additional volunteers manned Lynbrook's Office of Emergency Management, located at the village DPW headquarters on Merrick Road.
Ex-Captain Steve Grogan said the department responded to five general alarms and four ambulance cases, including putting out a kitchen fire at the Lynbrook Diner on Sunrise Highway.
The Lynbrook Public Library was closed Monday, the Lynbrook Post Office remained open, and the Lynbrook School District was already closed for Winter Recess.
For those who still need snow-clearing supplies, has all the essentials still in stock.
"Shovels, salt, snow scrapers, gas cans, snow blowers," said Miller's owner Stuart Miller. "It's not unusual. It's something we prepare for every year. We still have everything in stock."
The Long Island Rail Road had limited service for the Tuesday morning commute. For more information, visit mta.info/lirr.