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Plainview Already Asking: Where's LIPA?

Community is 90 percent in the dark. Where are the crews, people demand.

On Wednesday morning, about 90 percent of Plainview's residents, many cold and uncomfortable, woke up in the dark, without power and modern communications, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Many are saying, through social media and instant messages from their phones, that they haven't seen any LIPA crews.

Here's a sampling:

  • "Clearwater Drive - no power."
  • "Robin Court- no power."
  • "Wayne Drive, no power, haven't seen a single LIPA truck yet either. I'm guessing it will be a while."
  • "Brook Path. No power and tree service hasn't come yet."

The list goes on. Jeremy Avenue. Lois Lane in Old Bethpage. Netto Lane and Gary Place: No power.

Plainview Patch readers were responding to a Facebook request for the status of their street and their homes.

Some of the stories are simply heart-wrenching:

"We ate all cold and in the dark," wrote Melissa Strauss Kessler, whose home near Parkway School is without power. "A large tree behind my house (fell) on wires (and)about to fall on my house. Transformer in my yard blown up; fire department was called when it was on fire."

Many, like Kessler, are finding that there is not help available. "No one will help with (the) tree until it snaps and breaks (our) roof," Kessler said.

"(There's a ) giant tree down on my house on the corner of Melony and Charlotte," wrote Plainview's Seth Salwen. "No power at all anywhere around me. Not a happy camper right now."

LIPA reports that it has multiple crews "assessing" the power outages in Plainview, where they say 7,793 of their 9,800 customers are without power. None of those "assessments" on their interactive map provide a time estimate for the restoration of power.

LIPA has said it could take them 7-10 days to fully restore power to Long Island. After 2011's Hurricane Irene, Plainview was one of the last area communities to be fully restored to power. 

Some stores are operating, some through the use of generators. There are long lines at Dunkin' Donuts around town. Both ShopRites are open. There are gas stations open, including the Hess on Old Country Road. Often, motorists will encounter lines at gas stations.

The Plainview Fire Department has gone on more 200 calls since the storm hit Monday night, and counting. Sirens could be heard all night throughout the community.

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Simba November 03, 2012 at 06:28 PM
LIPA crews are pissed off because FEMA crews are making more money, Crew are purposely sitting around for 8 hours to extend shift to earn OT, Thats why we don't see them.
Bob November 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I can tell you why you haven't seen a single LIPA truck. You can blame the governor. Cuomo called LIPA and DEMANDED that all LIPA trucks be sent to the Rockaways. He did this so he could show how hard he is working for them when he goes there to make a press statement on TV. But in reality, it was a terribly stupid, selfish move. A good percentage of the homes there can't even have electricity turned on because they are too badly damaged. And the damage to the grid is so bad that it requires an enormous amount of resources to repair. The smart thing to do would have been to deploy the resources in accordance to where the best bang for the buck would have been. Instead, the rest of Nassau and Suffolk have to rely on out-of-town crews who need to go through a registration and training in order to begin work. I know this because I have a relative that works for LIPA and he has been in the Rockaways with ALL the other LIPA linemen.
Katie November 07, 2012 at 01:58 AM
9 days after Sandy, Overlook Ln backed Manetto Hill Rd is still under dark. Last year it took us another week to get the power back after seeing all other neighbors lighted up their houses. This year it appears the same...and worse and worse...
LS November 08, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Power came back on Elmwood Court, intersecting Overlook Ln, around noon Tuesday, 11/6. That was just about 8 days out of service, because it went out on Monday of the previous week at 2 p.m. No heat, hot water, lights or cooking--there's no gas on our street. Cost to bring it in from the next block--$40,000, according to Keyspan.
John Schick November 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I still have no power here on Lent Drive!!!!!

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