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Glen Cove Copes with Ongoing Outages

Residents who remain in the dark report of city outage locations, and how they are coping without power following Hurricane Irene.

Many Glen Cove residents remain in the dark Monday after Hurricane Irene pounded LI, causing damage to city area properties. Over 6,600 LIPA customers in the city have been reported without power as of 7 p.m., according to the company’s outage map.

“We expect approx 95 % of all customer outages to be restored by end of day Friday,” said LIPA, via Twitter. Employees working on power lines in Glen Cove said they could not determine the exact time full power would be restored to the city. 

“We lost power in the Presidents section yesterday and we hear it may not be restored for a week!” said resident Rober LeBlanc, via Facebook.

“LIPA told my neighbor it could be several days, and we're on Woolsey,” said resident Sonna Allen, via Facebook. “I'm learning lots of generator tips and doing the best I can.”

Marc Rosen, a resident of Walnut Road, observed that “everything uptown of [Dosoris Lane] was without power,” with the exception of a few buildings which appeared to be powered by generators. 

The outages have been detrimental to a couple residents, whose family members rely on power. One Viola Lane resident said his father’s health is at risk, as he suffers from sleep apnea and depends on an electric-based machine. Another voiced her concern for the lack of refrigeration, as her family's medication needs to stay cool.

To cope with continuing city-wide outages, locals sought out public facilities to re-charge. 

“What I'm planning to do in the meantime is take advantage of the and hope that I don't run out of matches (if I do, then there goes my ability to cook),” said Rosen, who lost power at 1 a.m. Sunday.

Two locals, who powered-up their cell phones at on Cedar Swamp Road, decided to think positively of the current power situation.

“It could’ve been much worse,” said a Lattingtown Road resident who lost power Sunday, 4:30 a.m. “With no power, you realize how much you lose the creature comforts. It makes us turn to the things that are important.”

Another maintained similar sentiments: “I feel like there’s a different energy in the air -- no negativity.”

Marc Rosen August 30, 2011 at 12:17 AM
LIPA's map supposedly predicts that we'll all have power back in Glen Cove by 9 PM tonight. It's 8:15. I'm waiting for my dad to call me from the house saying we've got power, or barring that, to get a call from LIPA as I'm walking home from the library (YES, I'm still in the library's quiet room!)
Marc Rosen August 30, 2011 at 01:13 AM
9:10, called home, power's still out (didn't go through).
Marc Rosen August 30, 2011 at 01:13 AM
As a side note, LIPA's now showing "updating estimate"...
Marc Rosen August 30, 2011 at 06:40 PM
LIPA's so "reliable". Now their map says "Restoration in progress" for our area...

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