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‘Worse than during Sandy.’ Rain, wind from powerful storm batter Fire Island

Seaview Association president Thomas Ruskin spoke to News 12.

News 12 Staff

Jan 10, 2024, 5:36 PM

Updated 188 days ago


Fire Island was left battered by the storm that drenched Long Island Tuesday night.
Seaview Association president Thomas Ruskin spoke to News 12 on Wednesday.
“What is happening today on Fire Island is worse than we have seen than during Sandy,” said Ruskin.
Ruskin said water was running through the island and power was off between Robbins Rest and Ocean Bay Park and the PSEG Long Island substation underwater.
PSEG confirmed, said in a statement: "A breach on Fire Island led to flooding at the Ocean Beach substation, which caused the substation to be de-energized. They have alarms at the substations to let them know when there's water. This morning they had a level 1 alarm at the substation, which turned into a level 3 alarm by 10 a.m. A level 3 alarm indicates they have to de-energize the substation."
Crews arrived on the ferry Wednesday, inspected the substation and found no permanent damage to the equipment.
PSEG Long Island personnel energized the substation at 2:14 p.m. and power was restored as of 2:32 p.m.

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