Thousands Still Without Power in Northport

Many getting by with help from neighbors, friends.

Thousands of Northport and East Northport residents are still in the dark seven days after Hurricane Sandy, including some on LIPA's Critical Care priority restoration list.

"We are on LIPA's priority list due to my daughters medical equipment power needs," wrote Northport Patch Facebook User Cathie Josephson. "Guess that list that they confirmed me on, means nothing."

Maplewood Drive in Northport seems to have been neglected by cleanup and recovery crews, wrote Facebook user Alisa Schwulst Shea. "Trees haven't even been cleared. Looks like day zero here. Transformer in front yard. It's like we're invisible. I don't see any streets still blocked by trees anymore but ours."

Others are reporting power outages on Goldenrod, off Dogwood/Norwood, Acre View and Starlit off Norwood, Lindberg Court (off Seaview) and Scudder, Harborview Drive, and Jay Court, to name just a few. The Makamah Beach neighborhood in Fort Salonga also reports outages.

Those with prolonged outages are relying on friends, family, and neighbors for support. Some fortunate enough to have power have welcomed strangers into their home to take hot showers, eat hot food, or do laundry.

"We are coping and very grateful to have a working fireplace for heat at night and kind community and friends keeping our spirits up," wrote Facebook User Margo McCormack, whose house in Deauville Court off 25A is without power.

Another woman in Centerport said her family is getting by with some adjustments. "Boiling water on gas stove for instant coffee with powdered creamer, cooking bathing. Grilling on gas grill. Fireplace in draped room. Ice in refrigerator," she wrote.

Twitter is buzzing with tweets demanding response to prolonged power outages. "@NYGovCuomo LIPA told 5 houses in Northport on LI can't fix power as area is "fixed"- help! #outages #utilities #accountability," wrote jvolpi9. "@NYGovCuomo freezing in northport, li. Where is lipa? Help." wrote edwalsh33.

Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, demanded that LIPA "immediately remedy its poor customer service and improve its inadequate sharing of information with residents who are still without power," according to Glen Cove Patch.

"LIPA’s failure to keep customers informed of the latest information on conditions and improvements is simply unacceptable," King said. "County Executive (Edward) Mangano and I have heard so many complaints from many Long Island towns and neighborhoods about the ‘arrogant’ and unhelpful attitude of so many of LIPA employees as well as LIPA’s failure to respond to legitimate inquiries from those without power.”

LIPA says 275,000 total customers are without power, excluding customers in the most severely flooded areas. According to LIPA, tens of thousands of customers are being restored daily and 90 percent of customers will be restored by Wednesday.

resident November 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
And within minutes of this posting, tree crews finally arrived on Mapleeood Drive! Coincidence? :) I think they're just clearing the road for school buses; lots of issues still, but progress is progress. I'll take it!
Jason Molinet November 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
For those trying to beat the cold, Laurel Ave. School in Northport open as a warming center til 4:30 p.m. today. The only overnight shelter is Whitman High School in Huntington Station.
Dr. Remulak November 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Allenby Drive, Ft. Salonga still out. Seven days and counting.
Ranger Sewer November 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Do not DEPEND on anybody BUT YOURSELF.
Northporter November 05, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Rowley drive off of middleville rd still without power..
Allison November 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Bruce lane in east northport still out. My parents are freezing. Please help!
Keith A. November 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
How can my kids go back to school Wednesday when we've been forced to stay with family in Bayshore? With a gas shortage, doing that run four times a day just isn't feasible!
Jen November 06, 2012 at 03:24 AM
2nd Ave on E. Northport and Dolphin Lane in Northport are both still out. Worst part, there was a crew in E. Northport and LIPA pulled them and sent them to another area.
SarahNicole November 06, 2012 at 03:53 AM
My parents down in the Pitt in Harbor Point and my aunts in Crab Meadow are still without power. Plus when they finally got a real person on the phone at LIPA they were told LIPA folks never knew there were outages in Harbor Point?! This, after my dad, and I called and texted to report the outages. Disgraceful!
NPTGirl November 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM
My husband works for lipa. Please, these people have been forced to work around the clock without seeing their families. I assure you the employees of LIPA are concerned. They are doing their best. Call center people may not have all the answers. The people working in the field and in the control rooms know where power is needed. I feel horrible for families still without power and heat, but even with the homes that HAVEN'T been restored, how about the numbers of homes that HAVE BEEN restored? I hear tree crews right now cutting outside. There is light at the end of this tunnel!!!! Just pray that this nor'easter doesn't prolong, or create more power loss!!!!
PrintsCharming November 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thank you NPTgirl for giving some real perspective. This is a Island wide problem. LIPA could never have anticipated a situation like this. They are restoring power everyday and are working around the clock. They've brought in help from all over the country to aide in your electrical recovery. those who have gotten the power back are gladly offering warmth to friends and STRANGERS. Do your best to accept that help if you do not want to go to shelters. This will all be over soon. Your anger and complaints will only make your situation worse. My family of 5 has been without power for over a week here on Cherry St. The damage here is so severe I doubt we will regain power anytime soon. We've got a wood burning stove so it is warm here. We have had friends and neighbors here all week to warm up and kids enjoying climbing on our downed trees. STOP COMPLAINING and be thankful we are on the North Shore.
NPTGirl November 06, 2012 at 01:07 PM
PrintsCharming.. Thanks. One thing info have to say I that when I es reroute on 25a in northport this week I drove thru Fox Hollow Ridings Road. I wish I lived there. There were more extension cords from neighbor to neighbor there than could be imagined. How awesome and kind!
An Original November 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I agree. LIPA has been working their butts off and getting the power on for a great many in a short time. It is a frustrating process and it can't be fixed overnight. Time to focus on what they have done and continue to do as quickly as they can. It's a bit like the Obama presidency. You can't expect it all to be fixed instantly.
The Brock November 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Fairlee drive, Allerton still without power and it looks like the day the storm happened!!!!! NOW we have freezing weather and the potential for my pipes to burst. Please help, please, I beg you!!!!!!!!!
The Brock November 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Fairlee Drive is in East Northport off Larkfield road
Ginamooch November 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
No power on Wheeler Pl. and Alsace. Power all around us. Not a truck or tree crew to be seen in 8 days. Trucks literally yards away on Laurel Ave.. Please don't forget about us LIPA!!!!
sharon burwin November 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Everyone in northport our church Fountainhead. 782 larkfeild rd eastnorthport 1/2mile from Sears on righthead side. Come 5-7pm for a hotmeal and get warm to.
NETTIE November 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I have a newborn and am still without power off Franklin Ave (by Elwood and Pulaski) but heat seems to be the biggest concern right now. It is certainly difficult under these conditions. I went walking around the neighborhood over the weekend and there are trees and lines down everywhere. I saw a LIPA crew working and there was a line of people harrassing the workers to get info on their power situation. While I want my lights and heat on as much as everyone else, I am mindful that these people are working around the clock. Stopping to harrass workers on the street only slows them down. The damage is much worse than anyone had anticipated and they can only do so much. I am overwhelmed walking around the neighboorhood with all the damage and it is not even my job to figure out how to fix it all. As much as the situation sucks, please remember people- we may be without power and heat (and trust me with a newborn at home these are not ideal conditions) but we still have our health, our families and our homes. Think of all those that have lost everything.....and I mean EVERYTHING. I'm sure they would trade places with those without electric in a second. And while my power remains out, I want to thank those men and woman working around the clock to do what they can to get things up and running as quickly as possible.
Lynn J Kosick November 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
come on people i know it is rough but please have the patience and time for the lights to come back on and give your home to a person who has no heat or power either. The light company are only human and they are trying their best to get everyone back on again with their lights and power... Can someone g ive me details on how is the streets on brittney ct and Northport HS far out with Hurricane sandy because I am worried about some family living in the Northport Region.... Thanks :)


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