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LIPA: Most Outages Fixed by Friday

LIPA's Michael Hervey: Nearly 400,000 still without electricity on Long Island.

The Long Island Power Authority says it expects 95 percent of customers to have power restored by the end of the week, as nearly 400,000 remained in the dark on Monday.

"Based on initial estimates, we expect that most of the large area outages will have power restored by Friday with some lingering localized small outages going into the weekend or early next week," LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey said at a press briefing in Hicksville.

The utility revised the total number of those who lost power as a result of Hurricane Irene upward to 523,000 customers and said about 24 percent -- or 125,000 -- have their power back.

That leaves about 398,000 irked customers without power as of Monday morning, and Hervey hopes most of them will get electricty back sooner rather than later.

"This is not something where the last day we're going to be looking to be putting on very, very large blocks of customers," Hervey said. "We will have a very successful day I'm sure and the numbers will dwindle over the next couple of days."

The company reported that it expects to finish initial damage asssesments on Monday and that 2,271 workers and contractors are on the restoration job.

"Unlike yesterday we have a full 16 hours of daylight to work and we expect to make good progress," said John Bruckner of National Grid. 

LIPA also announced Monday that it closed customer centers and suspended billing and collection calls to help get extra manpower for power restoration.

While the cost of cleanup will run into the millions, Hervey said he was "going to stay focussed on restoration" and could not yet put a total price tag on the cleanup or address the issue of reimbursing customers for their power loss.

"We haven't had time to look at the business ramifications of this yet," he said.

While some customers are still having trouble getting through to report power outages, Hervey again requested they keep trying.

LIPA was hoping an increase in manpower might speed up restoration.

"We'd like to do better," Hervey said. "We have a request for more linemen and to the extent we can get more linemen on Long Island we're going to move that [power restoration] timetable up."

Robert DeMarzo August 29, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Is there information on when Smithtown will be back online--we still do not have power..1 mile from Main Street on 25A..
Roberta leone August 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Just saw the first power company truck go down my street. I think they were from wisconsin. Time-5:45 on Monday. Hope we are not Friday's agenda.
Barbara Carpenter August 30, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Kind of silly to still be assessing - time to fix, I would suggest!
Patcher August 30, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Why is Amagansett always the last place to be fixed? It looks like the number of outages on the LIPA outage board remains unchanged in Amagansett since the beginning.
BigOne August 30, 2011 at 04:01 AM
In Hampton Bays, LIPA's subs sit around, LIPA'S frontline no where to be found!
Roll Back Our Tax August 30, 2011 at 04:34 AM
I feel like the forgotten. Tree on Lone Oak in Centerport still in middle of road (which disrupted electrical lines) and power still out.
Vito August 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM
What a bunch of whiners. Big storms mean big problems the kind that may take a while to fix. If you need everything on all the time be better prepared next time and get a generator. LIPA crews are tackling the biggest outages first. They could be working miles from your house to fix things so just because you don't see a truck on your lawn doesn't mean nothing is being done. I talked to a crew who drove all night to get here from Illinois. People are working on it.
Roll Back Our Tax August 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Seems like some people know more about other people's situation than those people know themselves. If I could get out to LI to run generator I would. But we're stranded in NJ because major roads here are flooded out where we own a 2nd home and where I run another business office location. We minimized damage here. Electric was restored within 24 hours. But we're dealing with other situations here all controlled by government identities who themselves were unprepared. All I am saying is "LIPA knew 5 days in advance the impact ofthe storm". They should have been better prepared and hired more out of state contractors. .
Patcher August 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Those who have gravity-fed city water may not understand. With the electric out, those of us with wells have no water for toilets. We have no phone to call an ambulance. Some of us are caregivers to elderly people. Some have children in diapers. This is a life-threatening situation for us to be without power. My very elderly neighbors got a generator but cannot get it working. So please, Mr. Vito, don't stand on the sidelines and blame the victims. If you were out here with the casualties of this storm you would undertand.
bonnie goebert August 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Lipa has always been the biggest whining utility out here. What's unforgiveable about their inaction during this time is that they haven't set up any way for the citizenry to get in touch with a real person to get information. And their so-called website is totally useless. It hasn't changed since the hurricane started. Spend some of your precious profit, Lipa, and get a hot line established to deal with those people with infants and the elderly, and the homeowners and renters who are just plain frustrated. Hervey is started to remind me of the BP Oil guy who kept giving speeches during the oil spill.
Big_E August 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM
They should be running 24-hours a day to get the power back on. When it gets dark, move in portable lights like they do for overnight highway construction. I can't sleep at night anyway with no air conditioning. If I was woken up at 3am by chainsaws and bright lights, I'd meet the guys out there with a smile and a bottle of water.
Roll Back Our Tax August 30, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Well said Patcher. Good luck with your issues. Yes the whinner here is LIPA making excuses for not being prepared. I just got my electric bill for this month $279.55. I am ready to deduct them a/day penalty I am without power. What would be a fair $ amount?
Roll Back Our Tax August 30, 2011 at 01:18 PM
There's another hurricane brewing in the Atlantic taking similar path as Irene.... http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/NOAA5Day.asp?storm=Katia What will LIPA do if we had back to back ones with Katia?
Big_E August 30, 2011 at 01:47 PM
@Roll Back Our Tax: $9.31 a day. That's 1/30 of your bill.
Sandra August 30, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Port Jefferson Village Still has areas with no lights the Ellen Drive area. We have not seen any trucks in the area. We only have one way in and we feel like the forgotten children.
Lon Cohen August 30, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Sandra, let's talk. lon.cohen@patch.com
Lenn Thompson August 30, 2011 at 08:12 PM
We allll feel forgotten, but there were/are a lot of trees down across the entire Island. it sucks that we don't have power in Sound Beach either...but come on, it's not like these LIPA folks are eating doughnuts on the corner doing nothing.
Vito August 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Uh, this is the second time today I have gone up the block to check e-mail on my car powered laptop using a wifi connection, so I am not on the sideline. The conveniences of life can be interrupted from time to time. If this is news to you or anyone else they/you need a wake up call. I am not enjoying borrowing water from a neighbors pool or living on batteries and an ice chest but that is reality. I lived through it for almost 2 weeks in 1986. I can't imagine what would happened if a real, major disaster of Katrina proportions occurred. Few if any here on Long Island suffered irreparable consequences as a result of this storm. We should thank the powers that spared us and stop acting like spoiled children over a few minor inconveniences.
Whatsup November 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Does anyone know anything about huntington power outage and when they expect it to be restored?
Whatsup November 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Power restoration in huntington any time soon?

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