It's day two after a blizzard pounded Commack with nearly 30 inches of snow, and one question continues ring out from frustrated locals: Where are the plows?
While Smithtown Patch was able to reach the town's public safety director John Valentine on Saturday, he was not able to give specific details on the state of the town's roads, and what is causing many neighborhood streets to go unplowed since Friday.
Multiple calls to town highway officials, meanwhile, went unanswered, and after 2 p.m. went straight to voicemail. The town also does not give updates on its websites, unlike nearby Brookhaven Town, which on Saturday opened a portal on its website where folks could report unplowed roads.
Officials in other towns have said the volume of snow, and the many abandoned cars on the major roadways, has slowed down plowing efforts.
Smithtown did post this message in its site at 6 p.m. on Saturday: "Town of Smithtown Highway and Parks Departments are working diligently to clear Smithtown roadways. Please be patient as there is a tremendous volume of snow to be removed from town roads. Please stay off town roads if at all possible."
In the interim, comments on this site and social media have overflowed, with many calling out the town for what they say is a poor response to the blizzard.
Andrea D Moss-Pappas commented on the Commack Patch Facebook page that the town "Should all be ashamed of themselves...all the tax dollars hard at work I'm sure."
While many streets are still unmanageable, those that have been plowed have received a thumbs up from residents. Readers also said that the Smithtown side of Commack seemed in better conditions than the Huntington side.
"My block looks great! As usual, town of Smithtown has always been good with plowing my area," Laura Caravella commented on Facebook.
The Town of Huntington closed all roads Saturday morning so that emergency workers and crews could get through. However, even a number of plows have been getting stuck in the huge snow piles.
At Patch, we'd like you to help us create a list of what's plowed and not plowed in town so far. Just add a comment below with the name of your street and whether it is plowed or not. Send this link to people you know so we can create a comprehensive list. We will be forwarding this link to the town, as well.