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More than 12,000 Still Without Power in Mineola Tuesday Night

LIPA Outage map show no repair crews assigned.

Most of Mineola is still without power as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night after Hurricane Sandy barreled through Long Island. Worse, according to the LIPA outage map, crews have yet to be assigned to any of the reported outages.

According to LIPA, a total of 12,644 customers in Mineola were still without electricity, while in Williston Park 7,495 customers are still powerless. East Williston has 1,787 customers affected, while only 104 homes in Albertson are without electricity.

Numerous trees were felled in the Mineola area, blocking off streets and roads and while Winthrop University-Hospital is still operating, many more are still without electricity.

Numerous residents were crowding into the local Panera Bread, Garden City ParkDunkin’ Donuts and restaurants that happened to have backup generators running. 

To report an outage to LIPA, call 1-800-490-0075 or text 'REG' to 695472 (myLIPA) and then 'OUT.' For more important emergency contacts, tips and links, click here.

In a statement released Sunday, LIPA told customers to expect heavy rain, flooding, and winds in excess of 50 miles per hour through the night that are likely to cause trees and branches to pull down power lines.  The company urged customers to "prepare and plan for power outages, which based on the current track could last between 7 to 10 days."

The utility company also reminded customers to:

  • Never touch or go near fallen wires, even if you think they are safe. Parents can use this opportunity to remind children that wires are dangerous. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with a downed wire, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
  • Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio or TV and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries.
  • Have flashlights available for all family members.
  • If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption.
  • Make sure all motor driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
  • When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
  • Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up to date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
  • Do not use charcoal to cook indoors; deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
  • If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
  • Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TVs should be disconnected until service is restored

While LIPA does not provide generators to customers, if you have a generator we remind you to use it safely.

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