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Town Working Closely With LIPA to Restore Power

Outages continue to drop, all roads passable.

Town of Smithtown officials said they are working closely with LIPA in continuing the effort to restore power to residents following Hurricane Sandy.

According to the LIPA power outage map, Smithtown has 9,674 homes in the dark as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“We still have some outages we are working on. These are the more difficult outages, where we have to get to the rear of peoples homes. It is the most difficult because we can’t get equipment back there. A lot of that work has to be done by hand,” said Wehrheim.

All roads are passable, said Wehrheim, though a few streets require a bit more caution. “Downed wires are all de-energized,” he said.

Werheim said it is hard to tell when power will be fully restored, but said LIPA has been fully cooperative. "We have highway crews sticking right with LIPA crews."

Smithtown's Superintentent of Highways Glenn Jorgensen said the town is working directly with LIPA's tree removal crews who have an order for what trees are to be removed before others. 

"The dangerous trees will be cut down first," he said. "I have one contractor that does trees that are leaning."

Garbage carters went out on Monday to begin collecting trash. Brush collection is ongoing, “just put it out and we will pick it up,” said Wehrheim. Cardboard and paper recyclables will be picked up beginning Wednesday.

Town officials are keeping an eye on the next storm, expected to hit Long Island on Wedensday. "I am hoping it doesn't hit us too hard and winds get downgraded," said Wehrheim.

paula November 06, 2012 at 09:36 PM
While I appreciate how hard all the crew are working, I am upset by the conflicting information that we have been receiving. We were told last week that a new pole would be in on Thursday because ours in hanging dangerously in the street. No one came. Then on Sunday we were told that LIPA is waiting for Verizon to remove the pole so that they could come and replace the pole. Its now Tuesday and no one seems to know who is doing what. I am hoping to have power sometime next week. Maybe.......
unknownauthor November 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I have created a petition against LIPA, please sign it. http://www.change.org/petitions/lipa-be-reevaluated-for-their-performance-and-get-another-utility-company
bob urbancik November 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
after 6 days and 6 hours of power the crews from michigan restored our power. But, neighbors accross the street are still out biob in smithtown
bob urbancik November 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
after 6 days and 6 hours the crews from michigan restored our power. Nat grid working accross the street 2 days ago and still my neighbors have no power bob in smithtowm
swataz November 06, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Sections of neighborhoods south of 347 and of fMt. Pleasant (the Hauppauge part of town) are still without power. Very young children, people with special needs, and heck, even me now with a cold are still without power with conflicting information regarding when the power will return. I am not angry with the LIPA crews, I am just angry. You try waking up to a 46-degree house.
Walter November 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I'm not sure what Lipa is doing but at this point they need to do it faster. I know it could be a ton worse but I've seen crews from out of town over by the crossbow area standing in the street not able to work I assume because someone from LIPA hasn't shown up to tell them what they should do next. Its getting frustrating. I'm looking at a completely lit up high school out my back window and their are no lights still. As a father of a special needs child I can only say that this further aggravates the routine that school isn't providing either at the very moment.
Marlene November 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I do not think the Town is following LIPA close enough. The town had time before Sandy to watch them and they didn't do such a great job. I believe the State should step in as they are the ones who issue their license. To fine LIPA would only increase OUR rates. Something needs to be done now and stop pussy footing with us anymore
Rose Rod November 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What about the area in Ft Salonga crossing Woodhollow lane. That area has not been touched and when LIPA is called they stateded they were not notified they were out and are still out?
KPresident November 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Does anyone have an estimate of power returning to Kings Park? LIPA hasn't done such a great job of communicating!!
Maryann November 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I would love if we in kings park were given some information. Haven't seen anyone working in our neighborhood! North of the high school is still in the dark.
DK November 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Has anyone seen a crew working before 9 AM or After 7 PM? Working around the clock my.........
Ray S. November 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I watched an out of town tree crew on Einstein Place for 2 days. 2 days on one small block! Most of the time they were sitting in their trucks hanging out,milking the clock at our expense.
Burt November 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Parts of Hauppauge is in the Town of Islip. Brookfield on Wedgewood Lane. We have been out of power since Sandy's arrival. Across the street there is power. Where is LIPA?
Fred DeAngelo November 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Poles and wires ignored morth east of boxwood no power no sign of lipa. No Info
HeyJoe November 09, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Crews from Michigan told me they cant get transformers from LIPA to restore power to some areas. All of our local and county and state politicians have failed miserably.

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