Thursday, after a nor’easter swept through Long Beach, the city was able to report both
improvements and setbacks as crews continue to work to revive the
snowy storm took out the city’s sewer system that was recently restored after
Hurricane Sandy barreled through the barrier island and knocked it out nine
days earlier. The City of Long Beach
asked residents once again not to flush their toilets until further notice, and
reminded people that porta-potties are available on citywide streets.
Meanwhile, the city still waits approval from Nassau County
to get their water system up and running again.
city reported that power is gradually being restored across Long Beach, as most residents still in the
city had to endure the nor’easter without electricity or heat. The city told
Patch that the houses from Roosevelt
Boulevard to Magnolia Boulevard and Washington Boulevard to Lindell Boulevard
between Park Avenue and Broadway had power
restored on Thursday. The city also announced on its Facebook page that the
President Streets, from Roosevelt
Boulevard to Maple Boulevard, “have been energized.”
Gordone Tepper, a spokesman for the city said, “LIPA has not given the city a
timetable as to when power will be fully restored.”
Patch’s Facebook page, Bruce Kole called the restoration efforts a colossal
failure all around. “This is NY/USA; the greatest city in the greatest country
in the world and I still haven't a clue as to a timetable for power, water and
sewer,” Kole wrote. “How is this possible? We are like a bunch of sheep headed
to the slaughter; helpless, without recourse - totally dependent on a bunch of
incompetent municipal/government ‘officials’ - heads should roll!”
though, reports that “Damage assessment has been completed, whether or not
houses are marked, all homes have been inspected by state and the city’s
building department,” said Tepper.
is not mandatory, the city recommends that each home that flooded from the
hurricane get a licensed electrician to make sure that there are no safety
hazards before the power is turned back on.
Prochillo said that that city should just tell the Long Island Power Authority
to turn the power on and let residents be responsible for whether they think
they can put their power on or not, as she said was done in the Town of
“This is at the point of being a
public health hazard with most of the city having no heat for residents,”
Prochillo said. “Enough already, this city plan for inspectors is a joke. If
I've seen 20 homes with stickers, it's a lot and friends on W. Beech had power
turned on with no inspection at all from a building inspector.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday public
works crews cleared the snow from streets to allow pedestrians and vehicles to
move safely through Long Beach’s
still sand-strewn streets. While the streets were slushy, residents
reported that the snow did not flood their homes.
residents, though, the stormy weather has brought out the best in people.
Scuderi, who lives on the 200 block of East Beech Street, woke up Thursday to
find a friend already shoveling his walkway and stairs. Scuderi is unable to
shovel snow due to his multiple back surgeries.
was thankful for what he had done and could not say thank you enough to Michael
Smith, a long time resident of Long Beach and a real good old friend, that did
not forget about me,” he said.
city also reported that the Verizon charging station at Kennedy Plaza
was temporarily removed due to the snowstorm, but will be returned in coming
days. There are other charging and warming locations at the Long Island Rail Road station, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m., and T-Mobile has a temporary cell phone tower set up on West Park Avenue
outside City Hall.
Joseph Kellard contributed to this article.
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