For Immediate Release Media Contact: Collin Nash and Sid Nathan
August 30, 2011 (516) 869-7794
Town, LIPA Announce Joint Power Restoration Effort
NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY—With an estimated 23,000 residents still without power, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman announced this afternoon that beginning immediately he has authorized a 100-strong tree-trimming crew of Highway Department personnel to work alongside Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) personnel to speed up power restoration to residents in the Town and its villages.
The coordinated effort will work like this: LIPA will notify Town workers of locations where trees have brought down power lines in the Town. In response, Highway Department workers will go to the site and clear branches from power lines after LIPA has de-energized the cables.
“While there still remain areas where downed trees and branches have to be removed, it is more important to get the power back on,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “LIPA and the Town will be doing their respective duties, just in a coordinated fashion.”
Supervisor Kaiman said he anticipates that FEMA will reimburse the Town for expenses incurred as a result of the effort.
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