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Question: How Would You Rate LIPA's Storm Response?

Give us your honest opinion on how LIPA and National Grid's efforts to restore power to residents.

Long Island Power Authority crews have been working around the clock to restore power to more than 523,000 customers after Hurricane Irene.

As of Sunday, LIPA is reporting that power has been restored to all but 15,903 customers. This includes 164 Hauppauge and 313 Nesconset customers, according to their Storm Center Outage map.

In, the utility company had canceled all employee vacations, notified them of overtime and brought in more than 970 off-Island crews.

LIPA , two days after the storm, that it had restored power to 270,000 customers - more than half of the outages reported after Hurricane Irene.

The utility company continued calling in additional crews, placing more than 7,500 workers on the ground and

LIPA has laid out more than a million feet of new wire, 998 utility poles, 2,906 crossarms and replaced 924 transformers as of Friday. The utility company had 24 substations and 58 transmission lines damaged by the storm.

Our Question of the Day asks: How would you rate LIPA's storm response? What did it do well or what do you feel could have been improved?

Tell us in the comments below.

Tom S September 04, 2011 at 03:07 PM
During Hurricain Gloria it was the same response, basically we can't hire 1000 more LIPA workers because the cost would be worse than the storm itself. I think they did the best they could. The Volunteer Fire Department and police could get better training to handle the situation of fallen trees with wires. Leaving fallen trees and wire alone because they are trying not to injure themselves will only create a danger to the public.
Mike September 04, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I think LIPA has done a good job in responding to the hurricane. With the substantial damage caused, not everyone can be turned on in a day, it was a hurricane, not just a little thunderstorm. The people who still have their homes should be grateful for that alone. LIPA is doing everything they can, and doing a decent job too. And no I don't work for LIPA, nor does anyone I know, I just think there's a lot of ungrateful, spoiled brats that live on the island. Oh yea and I just got my power back on yesterday, and I live in upstate N.Y.
MJM September 04, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I don't have too much criticism of the LIPA response. I do however think they need to communicate better during these situations. Additionally, the reality is this was not a very severe storm. A moderate Cat 1 hurricane when it hit LI. The grid has to be fortified and made less fragile. Lastly, no one is speaking about Cablevision who now provides telephone service and did a terrible job at restoration of service. Their poor performance seems to have flown under the radar.
John September 05, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Lipa can hire crews all around the wrold to help out with long island during a storm..your still gonna get the same response...With them taking there time...Remember you need them they dont need you

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