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Lindell Deli Still Waiting for Power

Lindell Deli on West Park Avenue is still waiting to be powered more than a month after Hurricane Sandy.
Lindell Deli on West Park Avenue is still waiting to be powered more than a month after Hurricane Sandy.
Makeshifts sign posted in the windows a Lindell Delicatessen & Grocery count the days the store has been without electricity, heat and hot water.

Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters and raw sewage wreaked significant electrical damage at the deli and seven apartments above the store, at 577 W. Park Ave., causing the business an estimated $80,000 in damages and $2,000 in lost revenue each day the store remains closed.

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The co-owners, P.J. and Kevin Whelan, said that after they rid their building of the floodwater and soggy sheetrock, they’ve been waiting on others: the Long Island Power Authority said temporary power could be restored if an electrician installed a meter; the restoration company said they were waiting on LIPA to make needed repairs such as installing the meters at a higher elevation; and the landlord had to wait on insurance adjusters and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to inspect the damage, according to the Long Beach Herald.

Barry Minsky, owner of Night Restoration Corp., the company that working to restore the building, said they filed the job with LIPA and got the green light to do the work to get the store back up and running:

“LIPA had to come out because all of the service panels were underwater and they had corroded. Management is doing everything they can; this is not in their control. LIPA was the one who held them back and from the moment they got a hold of LIPA, we put our pedal to the metal to get it done. LIPA came out last Wednesday and authorized us to do a demo service to the building.”
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At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, a resident asked city officials about the bureaucratic red tape, such as work stop order, that have delayed homeowners from cleaning and rebuilding their storm-damaged homes. Scott Kemins, the city’s building commissioner, said that FEMA and city inspectors would soon collaborate to inspect homes, as part of the National Flood Insurance Program.

“If we don’t comply with this, or the residents don’t comply with FEMA, the city could possibly be suspended or be removed from the program, and nobody in Long Beach would be eligible for flood insurance,” Kemins said.

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Eddie December 07, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Something's missing from this story. The meter box and service panel is owned, installed and maintained by the customer. The customer's installer installs jumpers in the panel so electric is available until LIPA can set the meter. If the drop to the building hasn't been removed by LIPA, an electrician should be able to get these people electricity.
JP Ashcroft December 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
"If the drop to the building hasn't been removed by LIPA, an electrician should be able to get these people electricity"....Thank you Eddie. I have been saying that to the hired "Restoration" company but was met with double talk and quasi-speak. I'm not going to go into a "Patch-Slam-Fest", but suffice to say, you have to speak up and be heard. This country was founded on free speach and you shouldn't feel bad for doing so........
JP Ashcroft December 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Ooops, a typo.....This country was founded on free speach and you shouldn't feel bad for doing so........ It should have read "speech".....:)
Jack December 09, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Something is definitley wrong with this situation. Every other residence and store has had electric restored. There must be another serious reason. Maybe THEY DON'T want it to be restored??? Hey Patch why dont you dig deeper and see whats going on with one of the compaliners. Maybe you might find out something instead of giving a rant forum to someone who goes unchallenged.
Hamburger December 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Not Friends and family
elliot December 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
One of the oldest Deli's in Long Beach SADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD :) who is in charge in Long Beach ....disgusting to say the least
Jack December 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Any further updates on this situation?

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