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LIPA Halfway to Restoring Power

Power company also increases number of severely damaged areas.

Long Island Power Authority officials reported Tuesday that they've completed power restoration to about half the customers who lost power as a result of hurricane.

"We have approximately 270,000 customer outages remaining as of this morning ," LIPA chief Michael Hervey said at a morning press briefing. "This reflects over the last 24 hours we've restored about 124,000 customers."

About 523,000 customers initially lost power because of the storm and the company upped the number of problem areas they've found.

After completing about half of its initial damage assessment on Monday, LIPA said it had found about 750 areas where there had been significant damage in the storm. They're now saying they've found 3,000 areas wtih significant damage. 

"We know that it's very important to restore power as quickly as possible and we've deployed every single asset that's available to do that," Hervey said.

The company has come under criticism by some area elected officials about the restoration job and the company has pledged to start giving out more information.

Currently, LIPA is only updating their website twice a day with a total number of customer outages. Statistics that go into outages in individual localities may be outdated according to spokeswoman. But the company expects to change that soon.

"We've has a high level of information, but not detailed information," Hervey said at the briefing. "But we're in a state now having done our damage assessments where we can give our customers the detailed information about outages that they're used to getting."

Customers will soon be getting automated phone messages regarding the status of outages and estimated restoration times he said.

Hervey also said that local officials should work with county Office of Emergency Management officials to identify problem areas such as major intersections with trees down that should be prioritized.

"Our first priority is the main feeds … because that gets the most customers on the fastest," Hervey said. "But at the same time we have a mechanism set up through the OEMs  to get specific priorities of a road opening or a specific intersection."

The company reported that power has been restored to all hospitals on Long Island.

National Grid's John Bruckner also reported that all of the areas substations are now operational and 46 of the power system's 56 most significant circuits have been restored.

greencap September 02, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Those linemen are not just from Missouri, they are from Joplin which had that terrible tornado early this year. At least the Missouri crew near me was from there. To all you people complaining, look what happened to them, and now they are here helping us. My power is still out and I am glad nothing fell on my house, and that people are working to get power back.
greencap September 02, 2011 at 08:59 PM
How can you not be reactionary to a Hurricane? People are mad that they do not get some estimate that says "Sir your power will be on Tuesday at 1pm". The fact is that these guys are driving around, finding downed lines, and fixing them. It is not possible to know really the extent of the damage. It would be a different story if LIPA sent all of their guys on vacation before the storm. They are doing as much as they can.
Mark Wilson September 03, 2011 at 11:08 AM
LIPA has a well earned reputation as being a refuge for political hacks, who use it as their own ATM machine. Investigation of Compensation Awarded to the Chairman of the Long Island Power Authority in 2006 http://www.ig.state.ny.us/pdfs/Investigation%20of%20Compensation%20for%20LIPA%20Chair.pdf It's management...if you want to call it that...also has a consistently BAD reputation... DiNapoli: LIPA Storm Costs 80 Percent Over Budget on Average Over Nine Years "The Long Island Power Authority overspent its budget on storm costs by an average of 80 percent since 2001, with this year’s storm costs exceeding budgeted expenses by 640 percent, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli noted the trend of overspending suggests LIPA needs to improve its methodology for budgeting its storm costs to effectively balance storm preparedness with prudent spending. " http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/dec10/123010.htm In case you didn't read the post about this storm, and LIPA using a 20 year old emergency plan, the link is above your post. I feel they can do better that use a 20 YEAR OLD EMERGENCY PLAN...how about you ? Come back to us, when your get your bill with increased electric rates, and then let us know how you feel.
Gail Simons September 03, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Imagine when a real catastrophe hits & we are forced to make serious changes. How many will be able to weather that storm? Wasn't everyone prepared for worse than this, anyway? You should have been...
Patcher September 03, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Ah, blaming the victims again. Revenge of the school marms.

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