PLAINVIEW - After having their power finally restored in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, more than 1,500 Long Islanders once again find themselves in the dark tonight.
Carole Blaus, of Plainview, says she got her power back on after spending six days without electricity and thought it was safe to restock her fridge. However, early this morning, her power went out again, forcing her to throw out her supplies. It was restored later in the day.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) says part of the problem is that even though Irene has come and gone, the storm's heavy winds damaged some of the trees and branches that are left standing, which means they're more likely to come down on a power line when the weather is stormy.
In a statement, LIPA said it has nearly 1,000 line workers and tree trimmers working extended shifts to restore power.
A LIPA spokesman says that as part of its storm preparation, crews will trim trees around power circuits, but customers are in charge of trees on their own property.
If residents are experiencing an outage, they are being asked to call 1-800-490-0075.LIPA: All Irene power outages restored
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