More than a week after Hurricane Sandy tore through Syosset, more than 4,000 homes remain in the dark.
The Long Island Power Authority claims it is working around the clock on restoration and now has more than 6,200 lineman and tree workers on Long Island. The utility reported early Monday that is has restored nearly 700,000 customers to power and is "on track" to have most customers restored by Wednesday.
At 1 a.m. Monday, there are more than 166,000 customers in Nassau County without power, including 46,000 customers in the Town of Oyster Bay, an estimated 100,000 people without power. Many are now shivering through 40-degree nights without heat.
Those include 3,082 customers in Syosset and 1,400 in Woodbury, according to the LIPA outage map. Syosset's numbers reportedly compare with Plainview's.
At 1 a.m. Monday, there are more than 166,000 customers in Nassau County without power, including 46,000 customers in the an estimated 100,000 people without power. Many are now shivering through 40-degree nights without heat.
"Where is LIPA today? There are no trucks in Syosset Woodbury area. We are going to be freezing tonight," tweeted @AllBadHamant.
"I don't know one person in Syosset who lost power and has had it restored. It's an absolute disgrace," tweeted Linda DiProperzio.
Many are also defending the efforts of LIPA and counting their blessings that blackots are the worst of their problems.
"I get it that its tough without power," wrote Marilyn Urso on Syosset Patch's Facebook. "We've been out since Monday like the rest of the area. But have you looked at the amazing amount of destruction here on the north shore? Stop complaining and go out & make a difference for someone who is worse off than you are."
"The issue isn't necessarily about some LI residents wanting to complain- the issue is needing to reach LIPA and NATIONAL GRID to let them know that gas furnaces etc were fully submerged in water and that service should NOT be turned on when the rest of the neighborhood gets turned on for safety reasons," responded Kerry Gillick Goldberg. "I've been unsuccessful with reaching them about a family home on the south shore."
The complaints are not limited to Syosset and Woodbury:
Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, demanded that LIPA "immediately remedy its poor customer service and improve its inadequate sharing of information with residents who are still without power."
"LIPA’s failure to keep customers informed of the latest information on conditions and improvements is simply unacceptable," King said. "County Executive (Edward) Mangano and I have heard so many complaints from many Long Island towns and neighborhoods about the ‘arrogant’ and unhelpful attitude of so many of LIPA employees as well as LIPA’s failure to respond to legitimate inquiries from those without power.”
LIPA says 275,000 total customers are without power, excluding customers in the most severely flooded areas. According to LIPA, tens of thousands of customers are being restored daily.