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LIPA: Power Restoration 90 Percent Friday

Company says it will work through weekend to restore power on Long Island.

The Long Island Power Authority believes it will hit its goal for power restoration Friday.

"We continue to expect that 90 percent of all outages will be restored by the end of the day, with the majority or 99 percent to be restored sometime Sunday," LIPA chief Michael Hervey said at a morning news conference.

The utility said that as of Friday morning, it had restored over 445,000 outages. But that still left 78,000 Long Island customers without electricity.

LIPA is also worried that Mother Nature may add to its problems over the weekend.

"We are somewhat concerned about the weather forecast Sunday, which calls for thunderstorms," Hervey said. "We will work through those storms as safely as we can, but those storms may well add additional outages."

LIPA said it will work through the weekend and Hervey said that "our entire workforce will be available."

But the staffing for the weekend will depend on the size of the job. 

"Staffing levels will remain the same to the extent that at some point we decide to rampdown because we're finished," Hervey said, adding, "we would hope that would be over the weekend."

The LIPA chief did say some of the tougher jobs will be the final ones.

"We've addressed many of the larger outages, and now we're addressing the smaller more complex outages."

Hervey and John Bruckner, National Grid's President of Long Island Transmission and Distribution, said they couldn't say how much overtime they will pay over the holiday weekend since they're dealing with many different employment contracts for the restoration jobs.

Bruckner said that they're getting addtional help on Friday from National Grid workers who have finished power restoration upstate.

In total, there are 7,500 workers on the job as of Friday, according to Bruckner.

While Hervey said the power restoration has been proceeding along as quickly as they said it would, he once again said he understood the frustration of those still in the dark.

"It's been a difficult, difficult week for many of our customers. Many having power out much longer than anticipated," Hervey said. "I certainly want our customers to know that we have put every last resource available that we can use into power restoration."

Robert Demarco September 02, 2011 at 06:39 PM
You should take some time to "assess" your bill the same way LIPA did with the damage.
Laura McDermott September 02, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Where is LIPA talking about? According to LIPA's own website only 56% of outages have been restored in Bellmore. Wilson Avenue (west of Bedford Avenue) is still without power.
Susan Krukas September 02, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Much of S Bellmore is out too.
Vikas Bhambri September 03, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Still no power in Plainview. We have elderly residents, kids, pregnant women, pets, babies, and clean freaks on our block.
Fish Hunter September 03, 2011 at 03:21 AM
go upstate and look at what this "minor windstorm" did up there, than quit bitching about you not having electricity.. it is thrashed mangled, tossed, shredded lives .
Val September 03, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Thanks to our Asseblyman Brian Curran, our power has been restored. He went to bat for constiuents and made it happen
Peter J. Tomao September 03, 2011 at 09:27 AM
What did he do?
Peter J. Tomao September 03, 2011 at 09:27 AM
Why wasn't the goal 100%? This was a bad storm but we didn't lose roads or have long term flooding like upstate and Vermont.
Jeff Grill September 03, 2011 at 01:25 PM
LIPA refuses to share specific information as in who is being restored and when
Ann Torcivia September 03, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I finally got my power back on after 5 days, it took a Senator from a different area to get me help. I am on an emergency list for lipa and they told me they would get to me when they can, maybe on Monday sept 5th.Its a disgrace, I wouldnt be so upset if they only told us the truth,
rena damon September 03, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Jeff: we can do laundry, etc. if you need. Still have a large cooler to lend out as well. It was very handy when we didn't have power.
Jeff Grill September 03, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Thanks for the offer. We are out searching for LIPA trucks. No sightings so far.
bass September 03, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Every person on Long Island should protest by not paying their LIPA bill for the month of August. There is power in numbers --- big numbers of ratepayers and big numbers that LIPA will lose in income. There was not one LIPA truck in sight anywhere in Wantagh or Bellmore that I saw since the storm hit, a complete disgrace.
Robert Demarco September 03, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I pretty much agree with what everyone is sayinghere, but don't take out your frustrations on the guys in the trucks. They are just doing their jobs, and going where they are directed by management. Take out you anger on the management of LIPA and National Grid. These are the guys without a plan. The guys on the ground are doing the best they can, and if you see them parked near a Dunkin Donuts, they arer entitled to a break. I am not one of them, but do not blame them.
Clem September 03, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Aren't you the same people who complained that union labor and benefits are killing America? Well LIPA gave everyone off the weekend and Holiday so as not to pay the overtime. You can't have it both ways.
Val September 03, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Pete We have several elderly and disabled on our block and after 5 days in the dark it was dangerous, and rep Curran pushed LIPA to get our power up and running as we had no lines or trees down, just no power. 4 men from Michigan showed up, reset the master fuse, and within 30 minutes we had power
rena damon September 03, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I've seen the National Grid car several times scouting the neighborhood this week to see what's what. They also provided updates to what's happening in the neighborhood for power outages when I asked.
paul September 04, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Excellent, kudos to LIPA and its contractors...... I am sure there will be plenty of work from this storm for weeks to come......
paul September 04, 2011 at 01:32 AM
FROM LIPA WEBSITE: Hurricane Irene By the Numbers as of September 3, 2011 Infrastructure Damage: Homes and businesses affected 523,000 Most outages on Long Island in 25 Years Substations affected 24 Transmission lines damaged 58 Damage locations, wires down, downed trees, damaged equipment 5,587 Materials Issued to the Field: Feet of primary and secondary wire 1,000,000 Poles 998 Cross arms 2,906 Transformers 924 Restoration Workers and Accommodations: Total field workers - line and tree trimming crews 3,889 Behind-the-Scene workers 3,900 (Logistics experts, supply chain, planning, engineering, surveyors, customer service, business services, communications, administrative support) Home states of additional crews 12 (Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas) Customer Communications: Storm-related customer phone calls received 878,000 Storm-related outbound customer calls 800,000 Followers on Twitter 3,556 Website views 1,868,806 Facebook Interactions 660,335 *****************************
working joe September 04, 2011 at 03:37 AM
lipa is already losing income. you are not paying for the service you arent getting and they have to fund all this OT, they are losing plenty. Bass they reacted to a storm, they did the best they could but management screwed up, deal with it. you lost power for 2% of the year. you would be better buying some stock, going to the shareholder meeting and requesting all management step down. if you succeeded in yor money withhold all it would do it screw the linemen by driving layoffs.
Mac September 04, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Paul where did you get those numbers because they are all LIPA lies. As so many people have said: there were no trucks anywhere, you couldnt talk to LIPA, it was a minor windstorm, there were apparently NO trees really down anywhere and everyone knows LIPA just needed to send 3 guys over to flip a switch or reset a fuse. We all live in a society yhat is entitled and complains. People do not want to hear or see the stats on how bad the "minor wind storm" was they are just concerned with themselves and complaining.
paul September 04, 2011 at 01:46 PM
You are looking for a definite answer. Would it be better for them to tell you an unrealistic time and date that may come and go? They obviously can not give you one. I know it is easy for me to say please be a bit more patient. I am sure they are working as safely and diligently as possible.....
paul September 04, 2011 at 01:48 PM
And not paying your bill would resolve what? There are plenty of personnel working in the area.........
paul September 04, 2011 at 01:49 PM
I agree with you 100 percent. Thank you for your common sense reasoning.
paul September 04, 2011 at 02:03 PM
To answer your questions: Paul where did you get those numbers because they are all LIPA lies. They are on the LIPA website. I think it was alot of work to perform in such a short time span..... Bet you and I could not do that alone..... As so many people have said: there were no trucks anywhere. They are all over the place. Some marked, some not, some trucks, some cars etc.. You couldnt talk to LIPA Not sure who your were trying to reach but the contact volume has been high..etc.... It was a minor windstorm, there were apparently NO trees really down anywhere Where are you looking? There where plenty of poles and trees down throughout the area. Everyone knows LIPA just needed to send 3 guys over to flip a switch or reset a fuse. I am sure some work was minor but most was major. Maybe the lines were originaly out a distance away before they were able to as you say "FLIP A SWITCH" We all live in a society that is entitled and complains. Yes, complainers complain. People do not want to hear or see the stats. Wrong again, people have said they want to know what is going on. on how bad the "minor wind storm" was. I think you need to do further research on this topic before you complain. Was not as monor as you think. They are just concerned with themselves and complaining. Yes, concerned only about one location without looking at the region as a whole. Hope this helps...... ********
Robert Demarco September 04, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I would imagine that LIPA would start from the power plant and work out from there. You repair the main feeders first to restore the most people, and then work into the neighborhoods. You do the repairs that get the most people on line. Unfortunately, someone has to be last. If I was the last guy, I would be frustrated, too.I saw guys from Illinois in my area yesterday. I think they were in someone's yard, and ultimately they had to install a new pole. In order to do that, they probably had to clear trees and untangle the old pole and wires. I am sure there were many of these types or repairs. We will never what preparations management made, but the guys on the ground are working hard to get everyone back. I was in Costco yesterday, and I saw many generators being purchased.
paul September 04, 2011 at 02:55 PM
You are right on target. I have been stating all along what you have said. It is good to know that there are other people that have a "Voice of Reason and Common Sense. I am in good company.......
paul September 04, 2011 at 03:09 PM
You are going to scare someone with this statement. No LIPA is not off this weekend or Holiday....
paul September 04, 2011 at 03:56 PM
FROM LIPA WEBSITE: Hurricane Irene By the Numbers as of September 4, 2011 Infrastructure Damage: Homes and businesses affected 523,000 Most outages on Long Island in 25 Years Substations affected 24 Transmission lines damaged 58 Damage locations, wires down, downed trees, damaged equipment 5,587 Materials Issued to the Field: Feet of primary and secondary wire 1,128,145 Poles 1096 Cross arms 2,906 Transformers 1098 Restoration Workers and Accommodations: Total field workers - line and tree trimming crews 3,889 Behind-the-Scene workers 3,900 (Logistics experts, supply chain, planning, engineering, surveyors, customer service, business services, communications, administrative support) Home states of additional crews 12 (Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas) Customer Communications: Storm-related customer phone calls received 899,000 Storm-related outbound customer calls 800,000 Followers on Twitter 3,556 Website views 1,868,806 Facebook Interactions 764,139 *****************************
Mac September 05, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Paul thanks for answering my sarcastic questions. They were actually rhetorical restating the nonsense of many complainers on the Island. Everything I actually said was from other posts.

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