Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rockaways taken off LIPA outage map
From CBS New York:
Some areas of Long Island and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens have been taken off the outage map maintained by the Long Island Power Authority, on the grounds that they are too damaged to accept electrical service.
The Rockaways — which, unlike most of New York City, get their power from LIPA rather than Con Edison – no longer appeared on the outage map as of Monday night, according to a news release.
The peninsula sustained severe damage, beach erosion, and subsequent looting following Superstorm Sandy. One neighborhood, Breezy Point, was also struck by a fire that destroyed 111 homes.
Also removed from the outage map due were the hard-hit barrier island communities of Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and Fire Island.
The reason, LIPA said, was not because their power had been restored, but because it cannot be – at least for now.
“Many homes and businesses in these areas are currently unable to accept electric service due to severe damage caused by the recent storm,” LIPA said.
But LIPA said the communities remained a top priority for power restoration.