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Nor'Easter Pummels More LI Power Customers

From Brookville on the North Shore to Babylon on the South Shore, more than 260,000 Long Islanders were left without power--many of them for a tenth, straight day--after a second, major storm in less than two weeks.

Sharon Goldstein of Brookville said utility workers were telling her to call 1-800-National Grid for help.  "I told them I called it a hundred times,"  Goldstein fumed, "I'm hearing we won't get power until Thanksgiving.  Meantime, I'm barricaded in my house by trees."

PIX 11 observed large trees--or their limbs--toppled down on top of power lines in communities like Old Westbury and Plainview, where snow fell in the early November storm.  Long Island Power Authority, known as LIPA, said 60-thousand additional customers in Nassau and Suffolk lost power, after the nor'easter struck Long Island on Wednesday.

LIPA said 60,000 additional customers lost power after the nor'easter, a set-back for the utility company that saw 945,000 customers lose electricity after super storm, Sandy, devastated the East coast on Monday, October 29th.  LIPA and National Grid had restored power to all but 205,000 customers this week, when the nor'easter wreaked havoc again.

PIX 11 paid a return visit to Charles DeLuca of Merrick, who remains without power for a tenth, straight day.  DeLuca was taking the power crisis in stride and showed us his basement, where the water is now pumped out.  DeLuca said LIPA inspectors visited his home yesterday to check the circuit breaker box, deeming it safe.

LIPA was getting criticized for its policy of having customers get "certified" by electricians, before having their power restored.  But DeLuca understood.  "You don't want to turn the power on and have people get electrocuted," DeLuca said.  "That's why it's taking so long."

 

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