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Village: 40 Percent of RVC Without Power

Village provides brief updates on restoration progress.

It's been more than three days since the worst of Hurricane Sandy passed through Rockville Centre and the lights are starting to come back on.

Village spokesman Jeff Kluewer confirmed late Thursday night that of the more than 70 percent of village residents who lost power, roughly 30 percent have had power restored -- leaving approximately 40 percent in the dark.

Kluewer said he is hoping that most of the village will have power by Monday night.

Along with the electric restoration progress, Kluewer said that the auxiliary police headquarters building at Mill River/Centennial Park will serve as an information center with updates and printed information for residents and the senior center will be open for residents to have both heat and power.

More details will be made available by the village later Friday afternoon.

Anthony November 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Dave- THANK YOU!!!! I have been trying to say the same thing but i suppose I am not blunt enough. People need to start opening their eyes and look beyond this fantasy world they live and realize that so many worse things could have happened to us. Residents of Breezy point lost everything and they are within 20 miles of RVC. I saw workers from our utility plant out last night after 9pm working.
megK November 02, 2012 at 11:24 PM
There is a village board meeting on Monday Nov. 5th and tell the administration how we feel about the hurricane recovery efforts! Let's hold our elected officials accountable!
Josie November 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Janice, I agree. I was surprised that there weren't police, auxiliary police, or crossing guards a major intersections. This has nothing to do with being spoiled or unappreciative. It is a public safety issue.
Josie November 03, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Good idea. I think we need to do a lessons learned exercise from this experience. For one thing, communicating by phone or internet was not effective when such a large percentage of residents don't have access to either. I'd also like to hear how the village employees were deployed to help residents and when they were deployed. It was a bit frightening to see so many downed lines for days and to have major intersections without traffic lights even now. Let's have a big turnout at Monday's meeting to get some answers and find out how things are going to be changed.
Inthedarkfornoreason November 03, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I think people who cite the challenges posed by this storm and the incompetenece of the response by the Village confuse activity with progress. And folks who say that the Village response thus far sucks but can be justified because other communities are far worse - confuse apples and oranges. Yes Breezy was decimated. I was there today volunteering on clean up while my house in RVC sits dark. Does their misfortune help put things in perspective - absolutely. Does it excuse the incompetence of our Village officials - no. Not in the least. Does it excuse the conflicting information given out hourly by the electric department - no it does not. Does it excuse the fact that no one in RVC seems to be in charge? A LOT of questions need to be asked in the coming weeks about RVCs preparedness for this storm (or lack thereof) and the abysmal response by Village Govt and Village employees and the "communication" to residents that rivals the worst we have ever gotten from the LIRR. In the meantime if anyone has time ans enough gas - Breezy can use all the help they can get. Contact ST Francis deSales Church in Rockaway or go on Facebook to see how you can help - maybe some good old fashioned elbow grease will help vent your frustrations with RVCs woeful and inept response. Until we can do something about it at the polls.

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