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Utility Crews Spotted in Malverne, Parts of Lynbrook, West Hempstead Restored

Have you seen LIPA working on your block? Let us know where and when.

More than 9,000 residents in Malverne, Lynbrook, West Hempstead and Lakeview were without power for a fifth straight day Friday but the Long Island Power Authority is making progress in the area.

While touring the neighborhoods Friday afternoon, Patch spotted a LIPA crew working on Ocean Avenue in Malverne near the Southern State Parkway. According to LIPA, there is an outage there that affects more than 1,700 customers.

Crews were also working on Cornwell Avenue and Wagg Avenue Friday, where residents later reported that their power came back on. (The workers on Wagg were from Tennesse.) A fleet of utility trucks that travelled from North Carolina also set-up in the parking lot behind San Dee Lanes bowling alley in Malverne.

Village Trustee Michael Bailey told Patch, there will be about 20 crews working in the village Saturday, "dedicated to getting Malverne back on the grid."

He explained that these crews were able "to commit these resources because the [village's Department of Public Works] has cleared the trees that were tangled in the lines, so they are clear to be restored."  Deliveries of replacement poles and transformers have been coming in and work is being coordinated through DPW Superintendent Paul Jessup.

Patch also learned Friday that homes in North Lynbrook, on Lakeview Avenue and Hendrickson Avenue, also were restored.

West Hempstead residents living near Echo Park also saw their power come back on earlier in the day. Another resident on Walnut Street in West Hempstead let us know that her street was "up and running" even though one block away, on Garden City Boulevard, there was still a large tree down across the roadway Friday afternoon accompanied by some low-hanging wires.

A Verizon crew was also working on Westminster Road outside St. Thomas the Apostle School and National Wholesale Liquidators, where two utility poles had snapped and a large tree fell.

As of 7:20 p.m., LIPA was reporting that there were 2,502 Malverne customers still experiencing outages; 5,059 in Lynbrook; 723 in Lakeview, and 802 in West Hempstead. Across Long Island, there were 6,453 "active outages" still, affecting 519,384 customers. The figures represented an increase of 324 in Lakeview and 27 in Lynbrook since Friday morning. The number of customers without power in Lynbrook and Malverne has steadily been rising by the hundreds. For instance, Malverne had 2,135 customers out Wednesday but more than 2,500 Friday.

On its Facebook page Friday, LIPA explained why the number of affected customers may rise in a certain area, saying:

"If you have had power for the past few days and lost it recently, it may be to get others back on. Sometimes we have to shut some down in order to restore power to more people."

It also tried to dispel rumors that some areas were receiving special treatment, stating:

"Crews are dispatched once the assessment has been made and the work that needs to be done is determined. No town or city receives preferential treatment."

In its Friday morning update LIPA said it expects to have power restored to the majority of customers by the weekend of Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. The remaining customers could take an additional week or more, excluding those areas where extreme flooding requires coordinating efforts with local officials.

As of 6 p.m., LIPA had restored 37 of the 50 substations that were out of power, explaining:

"This is significant because it is the substations that distribute power to local neighborhoods.

"As we continue to restore power to our customers, we are focused on completing the restoration of power to critical health facilities, areas of public safety and schools, each of which are essential to restoring some normalcy to the lives of Long Islanders."

Have you noticed LIPA working in your area? Where? Let us know in the comments space below.

Tara Conry (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 04:27 AM
To accommodate those who need to charge phones, laptops, etc., the Malverne Public Library is being opened on Sunday this week. The weekend hours will be: Saturday (11/3) 9:30 - 5:00 pm Sunday (11/4) 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Jgs November 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I haven't seen a single LIPA truck over in Westwood..it is a complete disaster over here..every tree in the park is down..light poles and wires everywhere and LIPA says 100 residents are out of power???? Give me a break..there are 100 people on my block alone without power...
JLM November 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I have not seen a LIPA crew in my area. I live in the RVC/Lakeview area, by Tanglewood. There is a down pole on Lawrence Ave. LIPA told me that a crew came to assess the damage, but another crew is needed. They said the crew has the job but she doesn't have a time or a date when they are coming. It's frustrating to look across the street and see your neighbors with power and you don't have anything. LIPA says be patient. I understand, but I also heard another storm might be coming. I check the Patch and LIPA's website daily. Any information, would help the people here a lot.
Greg Anglen November 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Crews were on Edmund St near Oak St in N Lynbrook Friday morning and a few hours later power was restored to, from what I can tell, the whole neighborhood! There were a few areas closer to Lakeview Rd which never lost power.
rita November 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I live in Massapequa. Between Massapequa, N Massapequa, and Massap Park, there were 21,000 affected customers. "Normalcy"? How? LIPA is lying as usual. There are NO crews in our area. If you drive down some main roads here, they have restored "some" power, but not to residential streets! Oh, yes, they did. Pardon me. "Fern Dr. "Was restored. That has two houses on it! So, perhaps the real truth is that they are restoring "easy" ones so they can cross off "street names". Also,"teachers" need power in order to shower in order to return to work. What good does it do to open schools without teachers? LIPA is lying.
Pete Celiberti November 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Power to my house, on Carman Avenue in East Rockaway, was restored late Friday afternoon.
Ron peters November 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
It seems like there are preferential treatment. I've been outside sitting in my car with my son and my 88 neighbor. We have not seen a single truck in my neighborhood.
Ron peters November 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Before it was 7 to 10 days. Now it is we get to you when we get to you. I. The meantime you have old people and young children with you. To make matters worse, you have no gas.
Famgel November 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This is a very sad and horrible response to a disaster. Email Senator Skelos remind him tues is election day! Email Schummer and Gillabrand tell the world LIPA sucks! They also could have hired NON UNION LINEMAN hearing that it's only UNION this is not a time to be political. We need some serious help. Don't forget Gov Cuomo let him know how we are.
dorothy sturiano November 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I just called lipa I live on utterby rd they said my power should be restored by Wednesday.
dorothy sturiano November 03, 2012 at 11:28 PM
We should all put our spoiled food onlipas lawn
TW November 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You need to make a correction to the first paragraph of this article, Tara. It should read: "More than 9,000 residents in Malverne, Lynbrook, West Hempstead and Lakeview were without power for a seventh straight day Saturday,and the Long Island Power Authority is not making enough progress in the area." THAT is the true headline here. As a resident of Linmouth Rd., I have not seen ONE LIPA truck on this street. NOT ONE! Last night, I saw a police-like vehicle blaring its red lights down my block three times (probably to make sure that looting wasn't occurring), but that was it. Tonight, however, I have no recourse but to loot my neighbor's wood supply in order to light my fireplace. It will be FREEZING tonight, and Linmouth Rd. has no power and no heat! Also yesterday, my neighbor had the audacity to mow his lawn. Because he flaunted the fact that he was able to obtain gasoline in order to power his lawnmower, I will see to it that his generator takes a beating later tonight. What's fair is fair, and if my house has been without power for the 7th straight day, I will see to it that everyone on my block stays that way. I'VE HAD IT!
Catherine Kralj November 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
A major disaster takes time to bring everything back to normal.....there are people who lost homes and loved ones.....be patient go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air....during a time like this we have to count our blessings......LIPA will get everything back ...I have seen trucks on Ocean Avenue....
d bench November 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
LIPA promised 150,000 people would be restored on Sunday. There has been NO RESTORED POWER in West Hempstead today. WHY??? There's no flooding or major issues. This is incompetence to the highest degree...
justme November 06, 2012 at 03:09 AM
LIPA just told us that their is nooneworking in West Hempstead to fix the power, nor are we on the schedule. Why do they keep promising us that the power will be up SOON!!!
justme November 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
ya they told all of us that, but it's not true.
Fiona Malcolm November 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It is going on DAY 8 and still no power for us that live on Scarcliffe Drive in Malverne! I am fraustrated! I am thankful that I can stay with my mother...but I want to go HOME!

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