Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00
Area residents have probably noticed many utility trucks and work crews cleaning up downed trees and power lines from Tropical Storm Irene over the past week. Many of these trucks and work crews came from other areas to help restoration efforts in Long Island. In fact, it was reported to Port News that 10 utility trucks were spotted Monday morning along Port Washington Boulevard, and that all of these trucks were from Joplin, Missouri.
In a press release issued on Monday, Aug. 29, LIPA stated that hundreds of line and tree crews, supported by many hundreds more customer service, operations, and support personnel, were organized to respond to widespread outages caused by the severe weather associated with Hurricane Irene. LIPA further explained that these crews would be working around the clock to restore power in all areas of the island, and that many of the off-island crews were stationed on Long Island prior to the storm. Many of these trucks were stationed at Christopher Morley Park.
LIPA stated that assistance from on island and off-island contractors was received with more than 2,300 crews working on the system. They said that the off-island crews were from Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Illinois.
It was also noted that damage assessment surveys were being conducted while crews worked to restore service. LIPA officials said it is clear at this time that restoration to all customers will take several days and perhaps longer for some isolated outages. Officials stated that restoration crews are using helicopters, vehicles and survey teams on-foot to assess major damage to LIPA’s transmission and distribution lines, substations and other infrastructure. When possible, restoration crews are doing repairs while the damage assessments are being completed, LIPA officials added.