Some promising news for the Nearly 23,000 North Hempstead residents still without power after Irene's wrath.
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said late Tuesday afternoon that beginning immediately he has authorized a 100-person Highway Department tree-trimming crew to work side-by-side with Long Island Power Authority personnel to speed up power restoration to residents in the Town and its villages.
LIPA will alert crews of fallen trees and branches that have brought down power lines in . After LIPA has de-energized the cables, town workers will then clear the branches.
"While there still remain areas where downed trees and branches have to be removed, it is more important to get the power back on," Supervisor Kaiman said, in a statment. "LIPA and the town will be doing their respective duties, just in a coordinated fashion."
Kaiman said he anticipates that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the town for the expenses related to the effort.