LIPA Finishes Irene Restoration as New Rain Brings More Outages

More than 3,000 lose power with new rain.

The Long Island Power Authority wrapped up its major hurricane restoration job over the weekend and began a fresh new work week dealing with more power outages.

The last of the 523,000 customers who lost power because of hurricane Irene had their juice turned back on sometime Monday, according to LIPA spokesman Mark Gross. But heavy rains moved into the area causing new outages.

"Whenever a storm like this comes through with gusty winds and rain, you have outages," Gross said.  

He added that the already saturated ground is causing more trees to topple onto wires.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, LIPA was showing about 370 outages affecting more than 3,000 customers.

The utility spokesman said the outages were scattered throughout Long Island, and there were no noteworthy trouble spots.

Despite having to complete a major restoration project this past week, Gross says LIPA has crews and on-island contractors at the ready for what this current storm will bring.

drSavage September 07, 2011 at 02:50 PM
I think they spent all our money on Shorham years ago when they could have teamed with Cablevision who wanted to share the digging costs with LIPA. BTW- we are still paying for Shoreham (its hidden in the bill).
Kathy Martinez September 07, 2011 at 05:38 PM
I'm not willing to pay more taxes for them to do this, are you? You know they are not going to reach into their own pockets.
the big kahuna September 07, 2011 at 06:42 PM
if you look at the power poles around you most of them are leaning and could fall anytime. How about trying to replace these? IF it is too expensive to bury the wires at least replace the poles that are old. Maybe with a composite plastic type matieral instead of wood? See Florida!
drSavage September 07, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Replacing the poles would be considered preventative. LIPA hates to do preventative work because it costs them too much. They would rather wait for the next hurricane, I mean tropical Storm, well a big wind anyway to knock down the poles and trees. Then call eveything emergency storm related actions- whch means do a quick and dirty job in the name of restoring power, then leave debris scattered around for homeowners and county workers to pay for the mess from their tree and pole cutting- and then they can request emergency storm relief from state funds that the taxpayer can pick up.
paul September 07, 2011 at 09:22 PM
It is not necessaily the poles snapping, they get knocked over and removed from the ground. The poles are several feet deep.


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