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Apr 17, 2016 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Three Homes Flooded In Westhampton Beach After Saturday Night Accident Takes Out Hydrant

A new fire hydrant was installed after a car crashed into the old one, causing flooding in Westhampton Beach. NEIL SALVAGGIO
Apr 20, 2016 1:21 PM

Multiple rescue units responded to a two-car accident on Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach late Saturday night that dislodged a fire hydrant, leading to extensive flooding that damaged three nearby homes, according to fire officials.

Heather Spielman, 30, of Mastic was driving east on Montauk Highway at 11:41 p.m. in her Kia when a BMW driven by Calvin Levine, 19, of East Moriches attempted to complete a left turn from Sunset Avenue, and the vehicles collided, according to Westhampton Beach Village Police. Ms. Spielman’s car then struck a fire hydrant on the north side of Montauk Highway, knocking it off its base and causing it to gush water into the roadway.

Both drivers were able to walk away from the accident without any significant injuries, Westhampton Beach Assistant Fire Chief Billy Dalton said. Ms. Spielman declined medical attention at the scene and instead opted to have relatives drive her to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for the treatment of undisclosed injuries, according to authorities.

No criminal charges were filed in the accident, though Mr. Levine was issued a violation for failing to yield while making a left turn, according to Village Police.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department worked with the Suffolk County Water Authority to divert the water from the area, and away from nearby homes, by using railroad ties to direct the water toward the north. They also opened nearby hydrants to help alleviate pressure in the line.

In total, three homes in the area were flooded before the water could be turned off, Assistant Chief Dalton said.

The flooding also led to the formation of a sinkhole, which he said was “quite dangerous.” Trees were also beginning to be become weak from exposure to the water. A reporter who visited the accident scene earlier this week could not see any visible signs of a sinkhole.

A representative of the Suffolk County Water Authority was not immediately available for comment this week.

“The biggest positive is that it wasn’t as catastrophic as it could have been,” Assistant Chief Dalton said.

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What I am wondering is that Anna Throne just shot her video in town hall for congress after hours. Since Mr. Sykes got arrested for using town equipment after hours I think Mr. Schneiderman or Anna Throne should be arrested also for doing the same exact thing. Someone higher up must of known what was going on or she was trespassing. Just because they are higher up they won't even be talked about. Its disgusting. Those two should be arrested just like Mr. Sykes was.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Apr 17, 16 5:22 PM
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What does that have to di with this article?
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 6:33 PM