GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The Long Island Power Authority said it’s doubling the amount it budgets for storm damage.
As much as $50 million is being set aside to respond to storms in the 2011 budget. That’s a $23 million increase over this year’s reserve.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
The increase means the typical customer will see bills increase $1.50 a month.
The utility said the past two storm seasons have been unusually severe.READ MORE: NYPD: 23-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death During Lower East Side Robbery
LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey said he’d rather be overprepared the next time a storm threatens Long Island.
About $54 million of the $180 million spent this year on storms is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.MORE NEWS: Parts Of Cross Island Parkway To Close Sunday For LIRR Work Near UBS Arena
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