Many Long Islanders Still In The Dark Days After Irene Passes

SMITHTOWN, NY (WCBS 880 / AP) – Hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders are now into their third day without electricity and their patience is wearing thin.

That’s especially true in Smithtown where 6,000 of the 10,000 residents are still in the dark.

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Many residents miss hot showers and their refrigerators. Some say it only adds to the frustration to see their neighbors getting their electricity back.

“I can look up the street and see lights,” Hillary Bautista said. “I’m trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel and saying it’s getting closer.”

“I’m paying for something I’m not getting. I want to know who’s going to pay me back,” said Jack Waselo.

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Many trees brought down power lines in Locust Valley and several surrounding communities.

Vito Sanzatta, a supervisor at the Locust Valley Market, has already thrown out up to four dumpsters filled with spoiled food including meat, fish, dairy, and vegetables.

“It’s covered by insurance but it’s just the inconvenience – it’s more of a pain in the neck than anything else,” Sanzatta said. “We’d rather be up and running.”

LIPA says it expects to have 90 percent of its customers illuminated by Friday. The utility is giving priority to nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Click here to see how many are still without power.

LIPA said it has been busy assessing damage and responding to emergencies. The utility admits communication with customers needs improvement so now they will be calling them to inform them when their power will return.

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It’s quite possible that Irene has left a mess of leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris all over you lawn, in your backyard, and into the street.

In the town of Brookhaven, there will be a special pick-up of the mess. It’s scheduled for next week.

“Residents can take their yard waste to the curb this Sunday night and it will be picked-up during the week. Yard waste must be bundled, bagged, or placed in a 32-gallon garbage can. Same rules that would normally apply to yard waste,” said Brookhaven supervisor Mark Lesko.

Other towns on Long Island are scheduling similar pick-ups for the yard debris.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs In Levittown

The sound of generators fills the air in Levittown.

They’re largely understanding and patient, but Joe Bonasori says that won’t be the case, especially next week, if the lights are still out.

“Because I have the kids going back to school. So, right now, it’s summertime. It’s actually an easy time to have this happen. Next week, with shuffling the kids to school, getting them ready. It’ll definitely be a nuisance,” he said.

Adding to the frustration is the fact that Joe’s neighbor directly across the street never lost his electricity.

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At least four Long Island colleges have delayed the start of classes this week as they deal with the effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

Among them are Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College, Farmingdale State College and SUNY Old Westbury.

Newsday reports that the schools are either dealing with cleanup and power outages or simply giving students more time to travel safely in the aftermath of the storm.

Farmingdale was slated to open Saturday but will now start on Tuesday. Stony Brook and Suffolk Community will open on Tuesday instead of Monday. At Old Westbury, classes will begin Wednesday instead of Monday.

At Adelphi University in Garden City, students’ move-in day has been moved from Sunday to Monday but classes will begin on schedule on Wednesday.

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  • chas

    Yeasterday a survey team finally arrived in my area of levittown, they didn’t know we were out. Their circuit diagram for the entire neighborhood was incorrect, They didn’t show transformers that were installed in the 80″s
    or were the main feed from the overhead was. It’s sad that the management
    of LIPA sends there people out to work with incorrect information.A possible
    solution would be to send them out and see if they like the conditions there
    people work in.

  • DanTe

    Hmm… a lot of Stupid Whiny Turds here. Ya’ll are obviously experts on this. So why don’t you go out and work 24/7 with no rest in water with live electric wires. Go show those lazy folks how its done.

  • Lizette

    LIPA is a disgrace. i lost power in Central Islip Sat night right after midnight, reported it early Sunday. by that afternoon was told my workorder was out and techs will get to it. Today most of my family around our house, including a friend 4 blocks from me got their power back except for my block. Why do that? why not finish an entire area as oppossed to leaving it to come back again another time. LIPA’s site is also not updated, they are not calling anyone back with any updates like we were told they would. When calling they have no idea what’s happening or when you’ll get your power back. communication is a def failure on LIPA’s part.

    • DanTe

      You’re obviously an expert on this. So why don’t you go out and work 24/7 with no rest in water with live electric wires. Go show those lazy folks how its done.

      Whiny Stupid C/nt

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    This is an outrage. Why do some places have power while others are kept in the dark? They should take power away from Hempstead and Elmont and transfer it to REAL Long Islanders.

  • mike

    LIPA is doing a bad job of managing this emergency. With all the people available to work, the problems should have been fixed sooner. Shame on you LIPA.

  • Sydelle Houston

    Parts of North Valley Stream are still in the dark. It’s unsettling because there are no street lights either and you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Come on, LIPA!

  • jess

    What about Oyster Bay? My friend’s idiot boss is making her come out there today and I don’t think they even have power.


    Had the same problem with Verizon yesterday and it was repaired early today. Not sure if they are on strike, but a worker showed up and was very efficient. Seems one line was disturbed in Verizon’s box on a pole down the block.

  • Damien

    I live in Locust Valley, and there’s no dial tone coming out of the phone for 3 days either. And Verizon is off their strike, right?

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