Dispatch From Broad Channel
Still minus his regular internet connection and working solely from his smartphone (a Christmas gift), Broad Channel’s Peter Mahon of the West 12th Road Block Association strives to keep the island community up to date. Even residents displaced by Sandy can get updates and follow happenings there via e-mail and the block association’s blog.
The morning after Friday February 8th’s late snow storm, Mahon posted the following dispatch about conditions on the ground in the Channel:
Last night's tide and storm surge, although high, came and went without any obvious property damage to houses and all cars were off the block and parked safely elsewhere.
Thankfully, there were no power outages due to the winds. In fact Con Ed reported less than 400 customer outages overnight throughout the city.
Our proximity to the (relatively) warm waters of the ocean kept our snow accumulation here in the Channel to a minimum.
Attached is a picture of this morning's 7:30 a.m. 6.5' high tide which is peaking as I type this email. The winds are still pushing from the NE so we are also experiencing a surge pushing the tide but the winds should begin to shift to the NW very shortly. Those of us on West 12th Road now must watch the receding tide to ascertain if it pulls a lot of snow and ice to the bay end of the street where it settles, freezes and becomes an "ice dam" causing serious ponding of melting and other water on the street in what we call a "bathtub effect”.
The winds will continue throughout the day but, more importantly, the temperature will drop markedly overnight into the low teens and all of us should take precautions to make sure our domestic water system does not freeze up and burst.
I still do not have internet access and I am relegated to using solely email via the 4G android phone Grace gave me for Christmas which I am still trying to figure out how to use. Besides, my fingers are far too large to type on this darned thing!
For those of you who are still living away from your homes, when the tide goes out I will do another check of the block to see if there are any concerns you should be aware of.
Stay safe...stay warm!
Peter J. Mahon for The West 12th Road Block
Broad Channel, N.Y.”
More updates may be found at www.w12thrd.blogspot.com.