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LIPA Memo 10-31-2012 4PM

LIPA Memo 10-31-2012 4PM

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Doug Smith
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FW: LIPA AND NATIONAL GRID CREWS CONTINUE RESTORATION WORK INSANDY’S WAKE
 
LIPA Media Contact
Mark GrossMedia Pager: 516-229-7248media.relations@lipower.org 
 
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2012 
LIPA AND NATIONAL GRID CREWS CONTINUERESTORATION WORK IN SANDY’S WAKE
Focus Remains on Restoring Critical Facilities; Continued Efforts Underway to Secure Additional Outside Crews
 
1,100 Crews Currently Working Throughout Long Island
 
Halloween Outage Safety 
UNIONDALE, NY
- LIPA and National Grid have restored power to more than 200,000 customers on Long Islandwho have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, a devastating super storm that made landfall along the Northeast onOctober 29. The storm affected over 1 million customers. LIPA is focused on intense restoration efforts across LongIsland, beginning with restoring critical facilities such as hospitals and emergency services, while also continuingefforts to secure assistance from additional outside crews.“The enormity of this storm has strained the resources of all utilities in its path,” said Michael Hervey, LIPA ChiefOperating Officer. “As a result, there are significant limitations to the number of additional restoration crews availableto assist us in getting the power back on. However, as we continue our outreach over the next few days, we will knowmore about our access to those resources. In the meantime, I’m tremendously proud of the crews who are alreadyhere working around the clock in order to get the job done as safely and quickly as possible.”LIPA has been responding to more than 1 million power outages on Long Island as a result of the unprecedentedstorm. More than 1,100 crews from National Grid, other utilities and qualified contractors from as far as California andTexas are currently assisting with restoration efforts, supported by more than 4,500 people behind the scenes fromvirtually every company department assisting with activities such as call handling, logistics and damage assessment.
Restoration Highlights
 
 
Restored power to 16 of 21 hospitals
 
Restored power to 22 Substations of 50 that were out of power
 
1,100 High Voltage and Tree Trim Crews working on the system
 
An additional 500 High Voltage and Tree Trim Crews are expected to arrive tomorrow

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