Stairway to…

Sagaponack / Wainscott border, April 2007

Mother Nature showed us both how powerful She is and how much She loves us during this weekend’s Nor’easter here in the Hamptons.

Many trees were downed and the ocean boiled and roared.  But after hearing warnings of a storm approaching that would be equal to or harsher than the 1992 storm that took over 100 houses in Westhampton and seriously eroded beaches along the entire south fork coast, we remained relatively unscathed, albiet quite impressed.

Water came over the dunes at Main Beach in East Hampton and the popular parking lot was closed today, as the village crews pushed the sand back onto the beach.

The photo above was the most serious erosion I saw as I drove from beach to beach along East Hampton, Wainscott, Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, Water Mill and Southampton. 

I passed actor Roy Scheider as he picked up small pieces of windswept debris around his oceanfront property off Gibson Lane in Sagaponack, clearly relieved that his property, which is reportedly on the market for sale, was intact. 

Another clients home on Gin Lane remained secure and the dunes stood strong, but the beach up to the dunes was swept away during the storm. md

 Westhampton Washout 1992

Westhampton (now the village of Westhampton Dunes), 1992 

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