LI businesses reeling from storm aftermath

RONKONKOMA - Aside from homeowners who have been in the dark since the storm, some Long Island businesses have also taken a major hit, including those that didn't lose power.

Phyllis Aurrichio, the owner of St. James Pasta and Pork, says she just got her power restored after three days without the ability to refrigerate her food. As a result, the restaurant had lost thousands of dollars worth of Italian cold cuts and cheeses.

As they're working to restock their depleted shelves, Aurrichio and her family say the power outage had cost them at least $20,000-$25,000 in lost business and supplies.

Jennifer Wrieske, a supervisor at Natech Plastics Inc., a Ronkonkoma-based company that does injection molding, says it has electricity, but can't resume production because its high-tension power line shorted out in the storm. As a result, its 50 employees have been out of work since the weekend.

Wrieske estimates the losses to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Both St. James Pasta and Natech Plastics plan to file FEMA claims.

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Report an outage to LIPA onlineLIPA Outage MapLIPA FAQ on Irene DamageDisasterAssistance.gov1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

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