Now the long cleanup begins.
Massapequa went through a difficult night of power outages, fires and water rescues as Hurricane Sandy devastated the area Monday.
Most residents were without power by Tuesday morning as LIPA reported that more than 900,000 customers were without power on Long Island as of 11:15 a.m.
Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna reported that virtually all of the village was in the dark.
LIPA reported 4,751 customers blacked out in Massapequa Park, 9,196 inMassapequa. In North Massapequa, 8,754 were without power, while 977 EastMassapequa residents were in the dark.
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Altadonna said that officials had to make more than 20 water rescues on Monday night and the village lost two trucks in the process.
There were also two house fires in the village, according to the mayor. "The houses were burnt to the ground," he said. Fortunately, it appears nobody was hurt.
The mayor praised the work of officers from Nassau County's 7th precinct for keeping the area safe all night.
Altadonna said there were many trees and wires down, and crews were starting the process of clearing the main roads.
There were some cases in which village workers had to wait for LIPA to clear roads, an official said.
Altadonna said they hoped to get to the secondary roads after the main roads are cleared.
The mayor said Monday night's storm surge brought six feet of water, which was starting recede.
The Massapequa School District announced that school will be closed again on Monday.
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