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The Blizzard of 2010: A Look at Village Beauty, Storm Efforts

It's been just two days since the storm, and given all the shoveling work we want to make sure village residents didn't miss out on the great Patch photos and news stories.

The blizzard had been predicted to hit as of very early Sunday morning but residents got a bit of a reprieve, and a chance to get supplies and snow removal items at the ready given the first real snow didn't start falling til near noon.

By mid afternoon it was a blizzard force, road were pretty empty  and winds crept up to 30 mph and went as high as 50 mph by nightfall and late evening.

Monday morning the snow continued before ending near lunchtime and an early jump start on salting and sanding the roadways worked out well for village snow removal efforts.

Here's a look at the storm coverage as it approached,  photos taken during and after the storm, and some terrific tales of how neighbors helped neighbors and store owners supported each other during the winter storm.

Blizzard Could Bring 2 Feet of Snow
Whiteout conditions, with winds up to 60 mph, expected Sunday evening.

Blizzard Not Keeping Diehard Gridiron Fans at Home
Hazardous road conditions and wicked snowy weather didn’t stop football fans from enjoying the afternoon at local village establishments.

Blizzard Scenes; LIRR May Suspend Service
Residents share photos taken during the blizzard conditions on Sunday and railroad officials say snow accumulation could halt service this evening.

A Village Winter Wonderland
A brave resident forged outside and took these photographs of the blizzard and village scenes.

A Village Under A Snowy Seige
As twilight hit, the streets of Babylon Village were nearly empty though a few hardy souls attempted to keep shoveling and manuever through the streets on bikes.

Train Service Suspended
Shortly after midnight the Long Island Rail Road halted all service citing snow and icy conditions. It hopes to have a holiday service schedule running starting this morning.

UPDATE: LIRR Service Remains Suspended
The MTA and Long Island Rail Road are recommending residents remain at home as trains are still not running as of 1 p.m.

Babylon Commuters Deal With Continued LIRR Delays
Although few LIRR commuters braved the snow-related delays on the Babylon line, the Tuesday evening rush was less hectic than the trip into Penn Station early in the morning.

The Beauty of the Blizzard
A roving Patch photographer spent some time seeking out the beauty that a blizzard can bring to a community.

Storm Cleanup Brings Neighbors, Storeowners Together
All day Monday Babylon Village neighbors helped plow each other's driveways, friends cleared another friend's storefront sidewalk and some just enjoyed the winter scenic view of the blizzard's aftermath.

LIRR is Operating Trains in Pilot Mode
The Long Island Rail Road has begun operating limited trains, without passengers, as it continues to de-ice the third rail but a full recovery remains a challenge.

Residents Dig Out from the Blizzard of 2010
Snowblowers and trucks took to the roads as a few brave kids and dogs frolicked in drifts up to two feet high once the storm passed by the village Monday afternoon.

Village Plow Strategy Kept Pace With Blizzard

Most roads were in good shape when the storm finally moved out early this morning and village departments are being cited for a strong coordinated response effort.
 

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