Rockville Centre’s electrical department will receive $1,192,311 in FEMA funding to fix damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced.
Last October’s storm destroyed over 30 utility poles, which caused a disruption in electrical distribution throughout the village. Rockville Centre reported a total of 108 major damage sites, and the utility had to construct, reconstruct or replace destroyed and damaged components of its electrical distribution system, including 30,000 linear feet of electrical wire. The utility also installed and upgraded transformers and replaced cable, poles and transformers on distribution circuits.
"Like other communities on Long Island and the tri-state area, Superstorm Sandy caused a great deal of damage to our infrastructure and the costs for repairs were significant,” Rockville Centre Mayor Francis X. Murray said in a statement. “This reimbursement by FEMA will prevent us from having to look to our residents and merchants to carry the burden."
Schumer said these FEMA reimbursements are “critical in making sure that Long Islanders are not entirely on the hook for these expenses.”
Gillibrand added, “This necessary reimbursement is an important step as we continue to meet New York's needs to recover and rebuild.”