LIPA Restores Power To Most On Long Island, But Over 4,000 Remain In The Dark

HICKSVILLE, NY (CBSNewYork) — A week without power is sparking even more anger among thousands of people on Long Island.

“You kind of give up hope after a while that it doesn’t seem like it will ever go on,” John Zizzo of Massapequa Park told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

Zizzo and a handful of neighbors on Hemlock Lane in Massapequa Park are angry from no hot water, no working appliances, and no straight answers.

“I think they were going biggest bang for the buck, what job can I do to put the most people back on line. Since this wasn’t a real, put a lot of people back on line kind of job, we got pushed down on the priority list,” said resident Ed Ryan.

As of Sunday evening, LIPA estimates power has been restored for 99 percent of customers, meaning over 4,000 are still without power.

Until power is completely restored, 12-year-old Eddie Ryan reads Harry Potter inside by flashlight, worried about completing back-to-school projects in time for the first day of classes on Tuesday.

“I’m not going to be able to print out the book reports that are due soon,” he said.

On Saturday, frustrated residents of Hicksville made an appearance at a news conference held by LIPA and the National Grid.

“Hundreds of calls to the 800 numbers and sometimes we couldn’t even get in,” said one customer. “Nobody ever called back. They said we have your name, we have your number, we’re aware but nobody did anything.”

LIPA says crews will work around the clock this weekend to bring customers back online.

The American Red Cross on Long Island is also doing what it can to help storm victims.

Public Affairs Supervisor Craig Cooper says hundreds of clean up kits, meals and snacks have been distributed to Suffolk County residents.

“We have had a steady stream of people,” said Cooper.

He says a lot of people are still without power on Long Island and the Red Cross is there to help.

“As you drive around now, you start to see signs nailed on trees that say ‘please hook us up,’ things like that,” said Cooper. “We know a lot of people are very frustrated. We know that people is some places are still waiting for electricity and so for those folks, the Red Cross will continue to provide these services.”

Cooper says they’ll be monitoring LIPA’s progress and will decide at the end of the weekend whether or not these support sites in Suffolk County will still be necessary.

The two support sites are at the following locations:

The Town of Babylon Department of Public Works Building
1023 North Indiana Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY

The Bayshore Fire Department South Parking Lot
195 Fifth Avenue
Bayshore, NY

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What do you think? Please share your thoughts below…


    This is what I see from Bridgehampton, Sagponack, East Hampton, Amagansett, Springs and Sag Harbor Area. NOTHING, but them (crew members of LIPA) eating in there usual rest areas. With our own effort WE paid someone to cut trees down on our street at THE POWER LINES. WE in our street were without power for 7 DAYS.

  • Cynthia

    My husband has been working 16 hour shifts since Irene came to town. Not to mention they have brought in crews from at least 15-20 other utility states. I think they are doing a great job and working like dogs to get everyone back their power… Thumbs up for LIPA and National Grid

    • Charlie Sheen

      Listen Cynthia, the words in your comment are a bit jumbled. You probably meant to say that your husband and the crews have been working with their Thunbs up their a$$e$ !

  • LIPA CEO and COO

    We are re-powering each area in correlation to how delinquent that area is in paying their bi-monthly bills.The more current in paying their bill an area is the quicker they get power. Except of course for the areas that don’t pay at all. Their electricity was put back on right away, after all we don’t want them shooting at us.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    It’s a complete outrage that places like Hempstead and Elmont have power while REAL Long Islanders still have to wait.

    • cynthia

      Shame on you with your comment. You deserve to lbe last in line.. Go buy some dry ice and grow up

      • Lawn-Guy Land

        What’s wrong with my comment? What’s wrong with the idea of REAL Long Islanders getting their power back first? Places like Hempstead and Elmont aren’t the REAL Long Island, so they have no right to have power while REAL Long Islanders wait.

      • Charlie Sheen

        oh what do you care cynthia, your favorite toy is battery operated anyway!

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