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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:34 PM

Frustration mounts over lingering power outages

Source: AP-Excite

By FRANK ELTMAN and TOM HAYS

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Vincent Pina finally saw a couple of utility trucks coming down his street Thursday and started to wave in anticipation. But they just cruised past his house and kept on going.

He hung his head in resignation.

"The thing that gets me the most is that there is no flood damage. I don't have any branches down. I have no wires down," said the Long Islander, who put a hand-painted sign out front that read: "Still No Power."

So why, he wondered, was it taking so long to get electricity?

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121108/DA2E2VE80.html




Utility workers the the power lines as snow covered debris from Superstorm Sandy lay on the side of a street following a nor'easter storm, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Point Pleasant, N.J. The New York-New Jersey region woke up to wet snow and more power outages Thursday after the nor'easter pushed back efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy, that left millions powerless and dozens dead last week. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Reply Frustration mounts over lingering power outages (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
NavyMom Nov 2012 #1
lexw Nov 2012 #2
PavePusher Nov 2012 #3
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #4
awoke_in_2003 Nov 2012 #6
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #7
midnight Nov 2012 #5
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #8
Mojorabbit Nov 2012 #9
itsrobert Nov 2012 #10
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #11
PavePusher Nov 2012 #12
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #13

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 PM

1. Unfortunately the power outage has nothing to do

with his block, the damage is usually within the lines between his transformer and the originating power source. As a Texan we know that yes there may be no damage in your neighborhood or street but the lines to get the power TO you needs to be repaired or replaced. The homes with power had continuous power lines that could be the reason theses homes has power, if you can get one of the trucks to actually stop ask them where is your transformer and please look at the lines to restore. If you have power trucks in your neighborhood usually they ARE following lines to replace these lines, yes I know this will not help them but it is unfortunately what it is.

Try looking for the CLOSEST homes with power around you if in any direction it is still dark then there are major lines to repair or replace; prayerfully it is just replacing a transformer or reconnecting lines.

I hope they get this straightened out soon.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:01 PM

2. This is really bad, with winter approaching. Christ!

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Response to lexw (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:12 PM

3. However did people manage to survive in the dark ages, eh? n/t

 

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:23 PM

4. Sometimes they didn't, but they tried to prepare. We have not had to worry about winter till lately.

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:40 PM

6. In the dark ages...

people could walk to the woods and chop down a tree for the fire. How many in suburbia can do that?

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:06 AM

7. Rather often they didn't. (nt)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:39 PM

5. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:18 AM

8. Look. Rooms for those in need.

https://www.airbnb.com/sandy

Over 100,000 people are still stranded by Hurricane Sandy. Airbnb has partnered with the City of New York to connect those in need with people who are able to provide free housing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:06 AM

9. I don't live in a real obvious place

and almost ten days after Hurricane Charley we heard the trucks coming down the highway. It was humid and sweltering hot. My husband took ice cold sodas from our cooler in each hand and stood in the middle of the road waving them. A truck followed him to the house.
It just takes a while and it is very frustrating but they really work as fast as they can.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 AM

10. You would think most power-lines would be in the ground by now.

Why do power power companies take profits and don't invest in infrastructure?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:32 AM

11. It is very strange the breakdown of the power outages

My younger daughter lives in Levittown and didn't lose power with Sandy (I was there), and only lost power for a few hours with the snowstorm. Yet, the street around the corner from her lost power with Sandy, and STILL is without it.

My older daughter lives in Lindenhurst near the water and lost power for 2 days with Sandy. California crews fixed it, and she didn't lose power at all with the snowstorm. Good job, California!!!!

It does not make any sense at all how one street can have power the entire time, and another in the same neighborhood is out for almost 2 weeks.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:59 AM

12. It would probably make perfect sense if we could see a map....

 

of the distribution grid, with the breaks marked and what is required to repair each one.

I have no idea where to find that.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:57 PM

13. You would think with all huge profits the power and gasoline companies have made since Obama was

elected would have enabled them to be more prepared for disasters. But then, they are the private sector and almost monopolies so what do they care? That energy grid...isn't that the private sector also?

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