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Question of the Day: Power Outages

How are you dealing with the power outages?

As of 11 a.m., 7,813 LIPA customers in Glen Cove were without power, according to LIPA's Outage Map.

How long have you been out of power? What do you plan to do? Do you have a generator? How much are you losing by not having power? Any medical risks involved? Tell us in the comments.

Marc Rosen August 29, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I'm posting this from the library, and I've been without power since 1 AM on Saturday evening. I'm just grateful that I still have some matches (thought I didn't, but stumbled on them this morning), since at least now I can cook on the gas stove. Sadly, I'm expecting to lose food from this.
Mimi Burnham August 29, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Is anyone handing out dry ice in Glen Cove? My parents are seniors, with no power since Saturday night, no phone (Mom's cell needs charging), and Dad needs to keep his insulin cool. What is Mayor Ralph, LIPA doing to help the people? Any info is most welcomed, thanks! - a concerned daughter living far away : (
Marc Rosen August 29, 2011 at 03:51 PM
No, nobody's handing out anything in Glen Cove. Unlike Con Ed, LIPA's a Type C not-for-profit corporation under direct federal and state regulation, rather than a for-profit entity. They probably don't have the loose cash to hand out free dry ice, and I doubt they'd use it if they did. I'd advise your parents to go out and buy a bag of ice, dump it all in a cooler, and put whatever they want to preserve in there.
Nikki Finnel August 29, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I lost power afte the storm was over and the sun was beginning to come out. No one seems to have any answers. Does anyone have any idea when we will be back up?
Marc Rosen August 29, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Called LIPA, and as of 10 AM, they've apparently restored power to 25% of affected "customers". Expect it to take up to 3 days, if you ask me.
Elena DiMarco August 29, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Hi Mimi. I'm writing to you from a Glen Cove Dunkin Donuts. Many residents are trying local places with power and public outlets such a libraries, Panera Bread, etc. to charge their phones. If your parents are in search of ice, tell them businesses on Cedar Swamp Road are open.
Mimi Burnham August 29, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Thanks for all the info! What a mess; hope you all handle this okay and power is restored soon.
Tim Mikhelashvili August 29, 2011 at 10:31 PM
my father has sleep apnea, uses the C-PAP machine which is electric-based, and he can't sleep for two days straight because there's no power in his house. please help him. 44 viola drive glen cove ny. no power in that house. trees down. please help. i am his son and i am going to europe for 2 weeks so i am very concerned with how long this will take and how much more medical risk to his health he can take.
Elena DiMarco August 29, 2011 at 10:41 PM
If his health becomes anymore of a serious risk, he should be brought to Glen Cove hospital. As of now, it is still unsure when the remainder of the city will have their power restored. Patch has been receiving mixed reports from LIPA and residents - hopefully it will be back on soon! Best of luck.
Marc Rosen August 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM
The current estimated time for repairs in Glen Cove is 9 PM tonight. All other surrounding areas show as "assessing condition".
Dee August 30, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Very disappointed in LIPA & Glen Cove. Why isn't there a power contingency plan? I moved to Glen Cove from Queens 3 years ago & the power frequently goes out in GC when we have a regular storm with wind. Why aren't the GC residents provided with some assistance with these crazy taxes we're paying? Not everyone can afford a generator. Dry ice is the least that can be provided to us-especially the elderly. Spare me the phone call updates from the Mayor. Actions speak louder than words!
Dee August 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM
By the way, we lost power Sunday @ 4am & are still waiting for restoration. Both refrigerators have defrosted-who pays for that? Oh, that's right - we do & our taxes are due in September. Hmmm...can I deduct it from my taxes?
Elena DiMarco August 30, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. Please let us know when your power returns!
Frances August 31, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I have been without power since 5am Saturday morning. We thought we were prepaired ex. Hurricane lamps, raising refrigerator temperature, and charging everything that we could ex. Nook,cell phones, ipads. We have been Barbacuing and eating salads. Now that we have gotten tired of doing that we have spent more money than I'd like to admit on fast food, when we could get it. I do think that we should try to have some committees to check on the elderly. Elena did not answer Dees question about who pays for our food losses, our lack of sleep, our total stress levels If any one needs me to check up on someone that is near the Shore Crest area please e-mail me at feels74@hotmail.com. I work in Queens but would be willing to help.
Marc Rosen August 31, 2011 at 05:16 PM
As far as your power loss goes, you only get charged for the power you actually get and use. That means that you're being "compensated" through a lower electric bill this coming billing cycle. Sleep loss and stress have always been a matter of personal responsibility. Why would a natural disaster change that? There are resources you can make use of, such as sleep aids, psychotherapy, stress balls, EXERCISE, and LIBRARIES, all of which can help you with some of the effects you're feeling, some of which might not even cost you a dime!
Marc Rosen August 31, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Oh, and in case you're wondering, my house has been without power since 1 AM Sunday morning, and I STILL don't have power. Dad and I had to throw out the eggs, and I had to educate him on what he should and should not keep from the fridge and freezer to put in the cooler. I don't see any of it as something to bitch and moan about. This was a natural disaster. Hell, the lines DO run underground in my neighborhood, and we STILL lost power, while the areas with ABOVE-GROUND lines got it back first! Honestly, I really am not concerned all that much. We still have hot water, somehow (probably because of the tank). We can still cook, thanks to the gas stove (though we may need to get another lighter and more matches). We still have running water altogether (there's been no problems with that)! You need to get over yourselves a bit.

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