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Storm causes ‘significant erosion’ to Orient Beach State Park

Photo: Peter Blasl

Orient Beach State Park is closed to the public in the wake of yesterday’s storm, which caused “significant erosion” according to park manager Susanne Wuehler.

“We’re so exposed here,” said Weuhler. “There are a lot of downed trees and branches to be cleared. But the road will be fine.”

Crews have begun cleanup, which Wuehler estimates will take several days to complete. There are four people working on the cleanup today, she said.

At the peak of the storm, wind gusts reached 68 miles per hour in Orient, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the picnic area and playground were flooded during the storm, there was no damage to either.

Replacing lost sand will be left up to the engineering department for future projects, she said.

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Katharine Schroeder
Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine