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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  their initial damage assessment on Monday, LIPA said they 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 Statistics that go into outages in individual localities may be outdated according to spokeswoman.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, getting into 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.

Linda September 01, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Transformer is not out - not enough outages in our area for it to be a transformer. We were one of the first to lose power (late Saturday night early Sunday morning), all we really need is the switch flipped. Have not seen any trucks on the block.
Joe September 01, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Sorry I find this hard to believe, FACT CHECK PLEASE!
working joe September 01, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Would you have saved the $3Billion it would cost to do it? I bet not even close. It would make long island look better but is that worth even higher rates?
Eddie September 01, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Tony, the 140 also saved me a few KWH at the meter too, but the refigerator compressor eat that money I save when they die each year. In touch with a friend at the Governor's office. MAybe he can get me a live person at LIPA. If he does, I'll pass along the number.
Mac September 01, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Frank if it was that easy AND cost effective do you think it wouldve been done already? The cost ten years ago was 3 billion dollars. Are you willing to pay for this? Is "some money" more than 3 billion?? The cost would get passed on to us without a doubt.
Pam Robinson (Editor) September 01, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Joe, we do not have independent numbers. LIPA controls those figures. Today, the company says it is about 81 percent complete.
Val September 01, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Joe, you need to follow the news better. In todays press briefing, it was stated that if your power is not up and running by friday, it will not be done until after the holiday, this is backhanded way of saying they are not working this weekend. Further, the 3 day holiday your LIPA buddies are taking was disclosed when we were told by LIPA over the phone we would not get power until Thursday or Friday next week, the LIPA person told us that no work would be done Saturday, Sunday, or Monday as the LIPA workers deserved their Holiday weekend as not having power is not a crisis or emergency.
Mac September 01, 2011 at 05:37 PM
"Transformer is not out - not enough outages in our area for it to be a transformer. We were one of the first to lose power (late Saturday night early Sunday morning), all we really need is the switch flipped. Have not seen any trucks on the block" Linda I would like to thank you for this insight. Can you please provide the people with your background and expertise along with years of experience in diagnosing and fixing the problem just by looking around your neighborhood? It may be a help to someone. If you know "it is just a switch" go to LIPA and tell then you could turn it on. Things arent always as simple as they seem.
Joe September 01, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Lets be rational here, they are putting up these guys that are out of state, they don't want the day off they want to work, more money, rest assured they will be working all weekend, stop taking every single word in a press conference from a president who obviously does not know the business. And no, I have no buddys or family members working for LIPA, NONE!
Val September 01, 2011 at 05:52 PM
It is not just the President, it is there customer service people telling this to us and others.
Joe September 01, 2011 at 05:56 PM
OK I believe you. Lets think a minute, they admitted they have not communicated well, the public affairs/pres does not have a handle on the guys on the ground. Yet they need three days off after working five. NOT HAPPENING, these guys sitting in a hotel for three days would be out of their minds! Trust me, they will be working.
Linda September 01, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Uncle worked for Con Ed for years, he has already assessed our situation and advised what the problem is. Unfortunately he is not permitted to fix it!
paul.d.spellman September 01, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Frank, "Saratoga County, NY buries the lines", where did you get that information?
Eddie September 01, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Of course the men want the work. What is there no to understand? The State WILL NOT PAY THE OVERTIME and is tying the men up for two relief days and a holiday. There will be NO field work on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Got that? The facts. Don't like it? Complain to the Governor. But aren't you the same one who complains when the working man in the union gets overtime?
Mac September 01, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Linda once agiain I ask YOU. What is YOUR experince besides turning on and off a light switch that allows you to tell people all LIPA needs to do is flip a switch? Please enlighten us. I too had an Unlce and cousin who worked for con ed and they say this is a complete disaster that could not be prevented.
Mac September 01, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Frank the assessment was done after hurricane Gloria. The cost would be HUGE and also be a major disruption to all roads, residences and businesses alike. The digging alone would cause major delays. As someone mentioned Saratoga has them buried and they are LESS DEVELOPED it would actually be easier if the county and Island were less developed to do this. Burying the lines which sounds great may not be the answer. Imagine the work on hemostead Trpke digging up that road to go underneath in many many areas through Nassau County. We all know how long road work takes. Are they done with the bridges at Jones Beach yet? It would be a nightmare.
Dolores Kazanjian O'Brien September 01, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Frank - I agree with you on all counts. If the wires were buried, all of these emergency repairs would be avoided. Also, day-to-day maintenance would be cheaper: no wires exposed to the elements, no poles to be replaced, no trees to trim.I also agree that some objective cost-benefit analysis needs to be done. I do not trust LIPA's figures. Had they started doing this forty or fifty years ago, it would be done by now. If we start now burying wires on a selective basis, in thirty or forty years from now, most of the Island's wires could be underground.
John September 01, 2011 at 11:05 PM
It's a good thing that the hurricane wasn't any worse. What do you expect when a hurricane hits? Having to deal without any electric for a few days is nothing compared to losing your house or family. All you crybaby Democrats deserve another four years of Oboma blaming everyone else for a small inconvenience that mother nature did.
Joe September 02, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Eddie they are working overtime NOW (Federal Disaster), and field crews are arriving NOW, what are they going to do, hey thanks for coming, now go to the beach for three days why people call politico's. Are you actually listening to what you are writing?
Brenda September 02, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Hey John, you're right, but it's a good thing it WASN'T a hurricane after all. We're managing well enough and this is a small inconvenience. HOWEVER, I am not a democrat OR a republican OR a tea partier. I didn't vote for Obama either. I just don't have any power and I'm not being a crybaby about it. This forum is one for discussion and it's disheartening that some people need to trample on others and tell them they have no right or business to make any complaints about anything. This is still America, right? Freedom of speech, right? I may not agree with everything everyone is saying, but they have every right to say it. Oh, and for anyone who voted for Obama just to prove they weren't a racist, vote for someone else next time to prove you're not an idiot.
Joe September 02, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Brenda all good points!
Brenda September 02, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Frank, no offense intended, but this cracked me up. Expecting the TOH, LIPA or anyone to coordinate efforts is just hilarious. We got our streets repaved two years ago. Within a month, LIPA was cutting them up to do some underground work. I was silly enough to think "huh, why didn't they do this BEFORE they finished paving the roads?" That would take only a small amount of common sense, wouldn't it? Sadly for us Frank, that doesn't seem likely. I once believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy too but I sure don't anymore.
Brenda September 02, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Now THIS is an example of a true emergency situation. We are all fortunate in comparison. 9 y/o brain injured boy on lifesaving equipment without power despite 100's of calls, even by the fire department to LIPA. http://www.newsday.com/news/dix-hills-family-desperate-1.3138806 Count your blessings people!
working joe September 02, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I feel for this family but it is foolish of them to rely on only the electric company for power with a child in need of constant electrical power. The point she made about her street being a hazard is clearly valid and far more the point. However, we all live on an island, no matter how large (or long) and we can be cut off easily. She should have a bult in generator with instant kick-on. The fact that she has only a 1000 watt generator is insane. I have seen generators at lowes and home depot that would likely cover here entire power requirement. We all need to take this as a lesson on what we will do when a truely devastating storm hits. By comparison this was a light breeze and complaining that LIPA's workers or workers from rhode island, virginia aren't doing enough is not going to restore the power. LIPA may not have had a plan or maybe not a good one but you have to ask yourself what was yours? Sitting and complaining (excusing me venting apparently they are different) is not a plan
Joe September 02, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Eddie, I guess LIPA didn't get your memo: The Long Island Power Authority, with 7,500 people working through the weekend, said Friday that it expects 99 percent of customers who lost power because of Tropical Storm Irene to be restored by Sunday.
John September 02, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Hey Brenda, I feel that LIPA is doing a great job and I am disheartened that everyone is jumping on them. When they are in a parking lot and the news cameras are chasing them because they are eating. Are they supposed to work without food or water? And no I am not a LIPA employee and I don't have family in LIPA. I just feel that the biggest crybabys are Democrats and liberals who have no clue in life like yourself. And I doubt you even got out to vote for anyone. Racist, think not just want somebody in office who can turn the economy around. That includes FEMA without any money to pay for a tropical storm. Great place to hook people like yourself because I have to vent everytime I look at my retirement accounts. I blame people like you who complain about everything and do nothing in life but complain. My electric was on in two days. Not to mention that they were working at two in the morning when it was turned on in my house. Thank you LIPA for doing a great job.
Brenda September 02, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Well "bully" for you John. Nope, not a democrat, liberal or otherwise. I am a free thinker and don't follow any packs and will never be "bullied" into one. Never have, never will. I'm not being a crybaby either if you read any of my posts. I've counted my blessings, as a matter of fact. And for your further edification I have voted in every single election since I turned 18, and that includes my local school board elections. You can blame me for whatever you feel like, if that makes YOU feel any better. If you actually READ any of the posts, I was saying this was a MINOR inconvenience all things considered, but that it was FRUSTRATING not getting information. At least Joe and Mac are GENTLEMEN and offer intelligent responses. Unlike yourself. Congratulations to you on getting your power back so quickly. Mine is still out, and I go to work and take care of the sick folks that were evacuated during the storm without grumbling about not being able to watch a big screen TV or have bratty kids demanding Dora the Explora. Just because I'm female doesn't mean my responses are "snippy", whereas the male's snyde remarks go unchallenged. It's been nice having someplace to experience the plight of others, and learn from their experiences. But you John, well, your response alone said so much about your character. GFYAGTH
John September 02, 2011 at 07:31 PM
And for Scott that can't control his kids because he has no power. I bet he is a left leaning crybaby democrat expecting the government to do everything for him including raising his kids while he sits at home complaining. Maybe LIPA can come over and read a book to your kids in the dark.
John September 02, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Brenda, I'll be the better man and apologize for hooking you. The posts complaining about LIPA is ridiculous. My character describes someone who doesn't expect others to raise my kids or complaining about electric being out because of a major storm. I am just happy that my family is safe. By the way I guess you have a lot of time posting messages at work where there is power. Those old evacuated people must have a lot of help :) I have all the time being old and retired. What does female have to with anything? You have thrown out the racist card at me and now the male snyde remarks. All I said is that the left leaning democrats are all crybabys expecting LIPA to come out and "throw a switch on after climbing a pole."
A. Shaw September 02, 2011 at 09:45 PM
OMG! Stop with the political and personal comments and try to help each other instead.

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